Water scarcity has been a growing trend for some time in the United States and around the world and Lake Mead is no exception. While water covers approximately 70% of our planet, only 3% is fresh water, and of that 3% of freshwater, two-thirds are tucked away in glaciers and even less is clean enough for humans to drink.
The Western United States is going through a mega-drought and has been for the past 22 years. In fact, this is the worst drought in more than 1,200 years according to a study published in Nature Climate Change and Lake Mead is in the center of it all.
In fact, human remains have been surfacing at Lake Mead. Less than a week after a body in a barrel was discovered, more human remains were found. There have been a few bodies found in barrels in Lake Mead over the past couple of years.
Lake Mead Facts
Lake mead has drained dramatically over the last 15 years. And the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police feel that it is likely that more bodies will be found as the water levels continue to plunge. In fact, in May of 2022 Lake Mead’s water level was around 1,052 feet above sea level. This leads to roughly 162 feet below its levels from 2000. This is the lowest level on record since it was filled in the 1930s. In fact, the water levels have dropped more than 170 feet since 1983!
Stories about long-departed Las Vegas organized crime figures are surfacing after a second set of unidentified human remains were revealed as the water level falls on drought-stricken Lake Mead. The reservoir on the Colorado River is about a 30-minute drive from the mob-founded Las Vegas Strip. Here are some other facts about Lake Mead.
It is the United States’ largest water reservoir.
Lake Mead was created when the Hoover Dam was built. It required that the Colorado River be rerouted to provide water to the developing region.
Lake Mead is large enough to scuba dive in.
It has been ranked one of the top freshwater lakes in the United States for scuba diving.
Lake Mead offers great environmental diversity. For example, the Boulder Basin has a desert environment while the northern part of the lake, Overton Arm, offers a more temperate environment.
40 million people in the West rely on water from the Colorado River, and its two largest reservoirs include Lake Mead and Lake Powell.
Where is the Mega Drought in North America?
The megadrought in North America has gripped the American Southwest. This includes a massive region spanning southern Montana all the way to Mexico and the Rockies all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Due to climate change-fueled megadrought, more wildfires have broken out and the area affected by the mega-drought has been expanding seemingly exponentially. Wintertime precipitation has decreased dramatically. This means that there has been less ice and snow in the Rocky Mountains which means there has been drastically lower snowmelt in the spring. This lack of snowmelt means less water flowing into the reservoirs.
What do Falling Water Levels Mean?
As the water levels fall in our nation’s great reservoirs, more pollutants and contaminants are exposed. This means more and more people will be susceptible to water-borne illnesses and diseases. This also means that
Wells will start drying up.
People’s health will start to deteriorate.
Increased pumping costs.
Farms and livestock will be negatively affected.
Humans will have less access to drinkable water
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About Aquasani Water Purification Systems & Filter Maintenance
Aquasani is an authorized dealer for Rainsoft, WaterLogic, & JavaSmart. Based in Springfield, Mo., and at Lake of the Ozarks / Osage Beach in Missouri, Aquasani services areas in the Ozarks including Osage Beach, Joplin, Camdenton, Aurora and even Jefferson City. In essence, we service Mid-Missouri, Southwest Missouri, and Northwest Arkansas, and have been servicing these areas since 2004. We provide home water softener systems, drinking water filtration systems, whole-house air purification systems, and problem-solving water filtration systems for homes and offices. We also service other water softeners like Culligan, Sterling, Hydroquad, Pro-Series, and Whirlpool to name a few!
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