The Lower Basin of the Colorado River is now operating in a tier 2 shortage condition for the first time ever. That means states like Arizona and Nevada must now reduce their consumption of the river’s water.
The Colorado River supplies water to 40 million people and millions of acres of farmland, Camille Calimlim Touton, commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, said.
The Bureau of Reclamation is working with basin states, tribes and Mexico to find a solution on how to manage the river, according to Touton.
Touton explained that the Bureau of Reclamation is allocating money from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to the Colorado River Basin to invest in better infrastructure for things like water recycling.