A water war that decides the fate of 1 in 8 residents of the USA
The country’s biggest reservoir of water is Lake Mead. It supplies the entire Southwest with water, and it’s in trouble right now. We’ve been using up too much of the Colorado River for generations. It supplies Lake Mead, and for much of the American West, it’s the main water source.
There are about 40 million people–1 in 8 Americans–who are sustained by the river. That’s a lot of people who live in America, and that’s definitely something that is indeed true. Over the next four decades, the area is expected to grow by 10 million more people.
Right now, there is a spat over the Colorado River that’s going on, and many people aren’t happy about it. Those who use the Colorado River below Lake Mead–including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Phoenix–are referred to as the “lower basin.” The “upper basin” consists of Colorado, northern New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. One of the big problems for those in the upper basin is that there are no big reservoirs in the Rockies.
It is unclear what will happen, but it’s safe to say that this water war is nowhere near being resolved. Tensions have begun to rise in recent weeks after the states in the upper basin gave a strongly worded letter to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District. They are one of the river’s biggest users, and they supply water to Phoenix and Tucson. The upper basin actually accused the utility of using the complex system in a manipulative way, which they denied.
Only time will tell where this conflict will go in the future, but it will definitely be interesting to watch us go there.