How much water would it take to fill Lake Mead?

How much water would it take to fill Lake Mead?

Almost every day, we are reminded of how much Lake Mead has been depleted. Localregional​ and even national media outlets have reported the numbers the Bureau of Reclamation has released saying that Nevada’s main water source, Lake Mead is only at 39 percent capacity – only 10.17 million acre feet full (3.3 trillion gallons). This begs the question: How much water would it take to fill Lake Mead?

It would take 12,680 New York Giants stadiums worth of water to fill up Lake Mead.

According to the Bureau of Reclamation’s website: “At elevation 1,221.4 [above sea level], the lake would contain 29 million acre-feet… or enough water to cover the State of Pennsylvania to a depth of one foot.” That would tabulate to 9.4 trillion gallons.

 

This means the lake is missing a lot of water. To put the volume of water into familiar perspective, the volume of New York Giants Stadium (also known as MetLife Stadium) is 64.5 million cubic feet. If we look at the missing water in terms of the stadium, it would take 12,680 Giants Stadiums worth of water to fill up Lake Mead.

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