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“In December 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that Lake Mead – the main water source for Las Vegas – could lose about 13 feet of depth by early 2013. Dry winters have a negative impact on the man-made reservoir, which is comprised mostly of water that began as snowfall in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. This year, town leaders in Viborg, S.D., issued a water-use restriction, after the town of 800 people came dangerously close to running out of water.
Water shortages in the news and wildfires caused by drought are causing more people to think about water conservation. Especially for those who use a well instead of city water supplies, groundwater depletion and the effects of serious water shortages can be dire, for the environment and people alike. While no one can control the weather, everyone has the ability to reduce the strain on local water supplies by making a few changes at home. “