"This problem is not going away and it is likely to get worse, perhaps far worse, as climate change unfolds," Brad Udall, a senior water and climate research scientist at Colorado State University, told The Desert Sun.
"Unprecedented high temperatures in the basin are causing the flow of the river to decline," he told the paper. "The good news is that we have time and the smarts to manage this, if all the states work together."
A shortage would be declared if the reservoir's is projected to be below elevation of 1,075 feet at the start of the following year. Currently, Lake Mead's level is at 1,074 feet in elevation.
The Bureau of Reclamation has calculated the odds of a shortage in 2017 at 10 percent. However, the projection for 2018 is at a staggering 59 percent, according to The Desert Sun.
Read the full report from The Desert Sun.