Low water levels at Lake Powell are affecting residents on the Western Slope

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Colorado is being impacted by water shortages and it’s not just here at home.

Lake Powell is fed by the Colorado Reservoirs and it is only 32 percent full.

This is a problem for Mesa County because the lake supplies power to thousands on the Western Slope.

With ongoing declining water levels, those on the Western Slope might see higher electric bills.

Andrea Lopez, with Ute Water, says, “as a state, we use water to generate electricity. As overhead costs increase or as it takes more of any sort of resource or supply to create or generate, chances are those prices are going to be reflected and passed on to the consumer.”

Local water officials are warning conditions like these have a big impact on people.

Lopez added, “this is how severe this drought is. This is how a drought in a certain region, certain state, certain area impacts millions of people, not just in Western Colorado, but all over the Western nation.”

Moving forward, water officials want to focus on water security to help understand the current water crisis.

Andy Mueller, with Colorado River District, says, “water security is absolutely critical. We got to understand the science, we got to understand where we’re heading so that we can help design a system that is most likely to succeed.”

Lopez also says, “we need to act and have our habits reflected that we live in a semi-arid climate.  We need to be educated on what it takes to maintain a beautiful landscape while conserving water and that’s definitely possible.”

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