The United Nations has warned that the two largest water reservoirs in the United States are down to “dangerously low levels” due to the impacts of climate change.
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Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the State’s largest reservoirs, have become so low that they are on the verge of reaching “dead pool status,” which is the point at which the water levels drop so low that the downstream flow halts. When the reservoirs do not have this flow, things like hydroelectric power can’t work, which threatens the electricity supply for millions of people in the region, according to the UN.
“The conditions in the American west, which we’re seeing around the Colorado River basin, have been so dry for more than 20 years that we’re no longer speaking of a drought,” said Lis Mullin Bernhardt, an ecosystems expert at UNEP. “We refer to it as ‘aridification’ – a new very dry normal.”
The Colorado River system supplies water to over 40 million people and irrigates 5.7 million acres of agricultural land. The water system supplies water to Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada, and California. Over the years, the Colorado River’s 1,400-mile course of natural flow has been diverted so much that only 10 percent reaches Mexico now.
Lake Mead and Lake Powell are fed by the Colorado River, and experts say that the river will plunge to 25 percent of its capacity by the end of this year.
Climate change and reckless water consumption are some of the causes of drought that are affecting places all over the world. Climate change leads to extreme weather like droughts, floods, and fires. The single BEST thing you can do to save water is to stop eating meat and all animal products. Growing animals for livestock takes a massive amount of water. It takes nearly 660 gallons of water to make just one burger, which is equivalent to nearly two months of showering for the average person. On the other hand, it takes 1,000 gallons of water to make just one gallon of cow milk.
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