The U. S. Bureau of Reclamation has ordered cuts in Colorado River water deliveries.
The Bureau Tuesday cut allocations to Arizona, Nevada and Mexico. California's allocation has not been cut. Arizona will see 592,000 acre-feet less water, about 21 per cent of the state's annual apportionment. Nevada will see 25,000 acre-feet less water, about 8 per cent of the state's annual apportionment and Mexico will receive 104,000 less acre-feet, a 7 per cent drop. The sustained drought in the west has dropped the levels of Lake Mead and Lake Powell to unprecedented levels. The states in the Colorado River Basin have been meeting to discuss voluntary reductions in the water supply but, so far, no agreements have been made. The Department of Interior and Bureau of Reclamation have threatened further cuts if the states cannot reach an agreement.