Unless they reduce consumption, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona could face water shortages as early as 2019, thanks to crippling drought and competing uses of the dwindling Colorado River. “The warning comes as the federal Bureau of Reclamation forecasts that Lake Mead, a Colorado River reservoir that is the network’s sole water source, will fall next month to a level not seen since the lake was first filled in 1938,” the Times reports. “The possibility of cutbacks of water deliveries to municipalities is higher than we’ve ever thought it was going to be,” said Sharon Megdal, a board member with the Central Arizona Project.
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