Demand of water could drain much of Lake Mead
For many western states, it's been a rough couple of years in regards to the drought. Some states, like Nevada and California, have even had to face the possibility of running out of water in the coming years.
So far, Arizona has been fortunate enough to avoid such a dilemma. That, however, may soon change.
The Colorado River system, which includes major reservoirs Lake Mead and Lake Powell, serves about 40 million people across, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The Bureau of Reclamation's forecast says Arizona are expected to be okay for now, but by October 2019, the surface of Lake Mead could fall below 1,075 feet above sea level.
Meanwhile, the thought of a water shortage in the future has people concerned.
"I think if people are reasonable about their water usage, than for the most part, we shouldn't have too many problems with having water shortage," said David Parker.
"A lot of people are still aware these days with what's going on in California, but people are still watering during the day, doing it too much, but just getting the word out, letting people know there is the possibility, but most of the time, they are going to wait until it is an issue," said Dylan Woolley. "People are very negligent until they can't."
Others, however, don't think people are completely made aware of how serious of problem a water shortage could be for the region.
"We are still expanding, so the more people that move here, I think it's going to become a bigger and bigger issue," said one man.
"I don't think people are aware of it, how severe it can be. just gettng out there and talking more about it," said one woman.
Parker says he's dealt with a water shortage in the past, and is hopeful.
"People in Phoenix seem to pull out of things, and if not the first warning then the second warning signs or so, they start making changes," said Parker.