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Yuma desalting plant could boost US water supply to Mexico during drought




Two large storage tanks at the Yuma Desalting Plant stand a few stories above ground.
Two large storage tanks at the Yuma Desalting Plant stand a few stories above ground.
Photo by Steve Shadley-KJZZ

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The severe drought that hit the Southwest 14 years ago is expected to continue to bring down water levels on the Colorado River. Federal and state officials say a water shortage is possible for millions of people in Arizona and other states by 2016. 

As KJZZ's Steve Shadley reports, a rarely used desalting plant in Yuma could start sending water to Mexico in an effort to keep U.S. reservoirs full.