We have highlighted in the past the frightening reality of Las Vegas’ dependence on water from Lake Mead, not to mention the reliance of much of Arizona and the city of Los Angeles. As the lake lost volume during the Summer of 2014, alarm bells started going off regarding the epic decline in the elevation of the lake.
While the lake gained approximately 7 feet of elevation from mid-November to mid-January, that has all been given back as of this week. For context, the lake went from 1082 feet in elevation to 1089 feet. A “full pool”, meaning the optimal elevation, is 1220 feet. The all-time highest elevation was 1226 feet and the all-time lowest was 1080 feet.
So, as we near the beginning of Summer 2015, Lake Mead is only two feet above the all-time low reading.
Bathing may become just one more extravagance for those visiting Vegas.