Lake Mead, which supplies Arizona, California and Nevada with Colorado River water, hit a record low of just under 1,075 feet last week. Central Arizona Project deputy general manager Tom McCann, on “Arizona Horizon,” says no need to panic

“It’s not really as big a deal as some people are trying to make it into.” He says the lake is expected to rise later this year. McCann says although water cuts can kick in at levels below 1,075 feet, it doesn’t happen right away. “It’s not an instantaneous trigger. There’s a decision made once a year. The decision’s made in August and it’s a decision made in August on a projection of what the level of the lake will be at the end of the calendar year.” McCann says if water cuts were made, it would only impact farmers and not cities or Indian Tribes. 

Mike Sauceda