LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, ARIZONA - AUGUST 19: A view of water intake towers at the Hoover Dam on August 19, 2022 in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona. The federal government announced plans to cut water allocations from the Colorado River Basin to Arizona and Nevada for the second year in a row and is asking residents to cut water consumption as the drought worsens. Water levels at Lake Mead stand at 27 percent of capacity, its lowest level since being filled in the 1930s following the construction of the Hoover Dam. The lake's water levels have fallen an estimated 175 feet since 2000. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The consequences of drought and efforts to funnel billions of dollars toward securing water supplies in the West are becoming larger issues in two of the most consequential races for the U.S. Senate. Cities and farmers in Nevada and Arizona are facing cuts as the Colorado River dwindles. Democratic candidates in the two states are tapping a last-minute win in Congress that included drought-relief funding in hopes of attracting voters. It’s unclear whether their efforts will pay off in November as historic inflation and other economic concerns take center stage. Dry conditions and water supplies have historically played little to no role in campaign ads in the West.