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Drought-Ravaged States Face Another Round of Water Cuts

A white band of mineral deposits showing previous water levels at the Hoover Dam along the Colorado River, at the Nevada and Arizona state border on June 28, 2022. 

A white band of mineral deposits showing previous water levels at the Hoover Dam along the Colorado River, at the Nevada and Arizona state border on June 28, 2022. 

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty images 

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A second round of drastic water cuts from the Colorado River is set to hit Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico as climate change-driven drought deepens the water shortage in the Southwest, the Interior Department announced Tuesday.

The Bureau of Reclamation called for all seven Colorado River Basin states to conserve water over the next four years and said it will withhold 21% of Arizona’s annual allocation of Colorado River water in 2023 as the first-ever water shortage in the Colorado River Basin continues for another year, the agency said.