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SEE: Nevada’s Lake Mead reservoir dramatically dried up

Lake Mead--a huge reservoir in Nevada which supplies water to 20 million people in California, Arizona and Nevada--is at its lowest level in history.

It was at 1,074 feet on Tuesday. That's the lowest the reservoir's been since 1937. The state of Nevada expects Lake Mead will return to 1,078 feet before the year ends thanks to water conservation.

"Everyone is working together to see how we can leave more water in the system so that Lake Mead [isn't] below 1,075 [feet] at the end of the year," a public affairs officer said.

Parts of the basin are completely dried up.

Why is this a big deal?

Basically, it means the drought in the Southern part of the US is still really bad. Those states desperately need to conserve around 1.5 million to 3 million acre-feet of water in the next five years.

Experts believe the reservoir is drying up because of extremely high temperatures.

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SEE: Nevada’s Lake Mead reservoir dramatically dried up

Lily Altavena

Lily is currently a TV news producer in Dallas, Texas. Previously, she was a production assistant at MSNBC. She is also a recent NYU grad. She interned for Ann Curry’s team at NBC News, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and the education nonprofit She’s the First. Her interests range from politics to education to comedy. She is not actually a dinosaur. Follow: @lilyalta.

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