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Lake Mead near record low levels, but no need to panic

Reported by: John Treanor
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Updated: 7/12 12:03 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- We are from just two feet away from setting a record low for water level out at Lake Mead.

A record drought and near record low levels create a formula one might expect to lead to panic, but the water authority tells us we are far from that and they point to decisions made in the past to prove it.

To call this a drought might be an understatement: it is in fact the new normal.

The Colorado river just isn't increasing its water. Lake Mead's level is dropping visibly.

How then does Las Vegas have some of the world's most recognizable water shows? Casino fountains? The Bellagio has its own well.

Those green golf courses? Reclaimed water. Those 18 holes used to be bigger, but thousands of acres of green have been removed.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority has put limits on water use for gardening by capping the amount of turf new developments can use. It also pushed for desert landscapes in front yards.

Yes, Lake Mead has shrunk, but so has our water use -- significantly -- while our population has exploded.

That is not to say everything is okay -- the water authority admits the constantly low water numbers are a big concern, but we are no where near mandatory conservation.

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