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Feds see shortage in 2018 Lake Mead water to AZ, NV

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Lake Mead appears on the horizon in this photo from Monday, Nov. 10. (Les Krifaton/FOX5) Lake Mead appears on the horizon in this photo from Monday, Nov. 10. (Les Krifaton/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (AP) -

Amid punishing drought, federal water managers are projecting - by a very narrow margin - that Lake Mead won't have enough water to make full deliveries to Nevada and Arizona in 2018.

A 24-month projection released Tuesday comes with the largest Colorado River reservoir 36 percent full.

But it's still expected to clear the trigger point this year to avoid a shortage declaration in 2017.

For 2018, the federal Bureau of Reclamation projects missing the mark by under a foot.

Officials note that reservoirs in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico are at higher levels this year than in recent years.

That has them hoping to still avoid declaring a shortage that would cut Arizona's water allocation by 11.4 percent, and Nevada's by 4.3 percent.

Combined, that's enough water to serve more than 600,000 homes a year.

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