Phoenix agrees to leave more water in Lake Mead to keep levels from depleting

The city will be compensated for not taking up to 30,000 acre-feet of water out of Lake Mead. An acre-foot of water is equal to about 326,000 gallons.

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The city of Phoenix has agreed to forfeit taking more water out of Lake Mead, in an effort to stave off the reservoir’s shrinking water levels.  

City officials announced Friday they’ve agreed to leave 14,000 acre-feet of the city’s water allotments in Lake Mead. An acre-foot of water is equal to about 326,000 gallons, which is roughly the amount of water consumed annually by 3.5 Arizona homes.

Drought conditions have recently been shrinking Lake Mead’s surface levels down to historic lows, raising concerns from the many communities in Arizona that rely on the reservoir for water.  

Back in January, Phoenix said it would not take 16,000 acre-feet of its water credits out of Lake Mead. 


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