Jim on History analyzes the ongoing water crisis out west.
Jim Heath and Barack Obama briefly discussed western water concerns over a dozen years ago in South Carolina.
The conversation happened before the start of a formal interview back in 2007.
This week, water levels in Lake Mead, the essential reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam, hit a record low as a severe drought grips the Desert Southwest.
Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States, holding 9 trillion gallons of water, distributed to approximately 25 million people in cities including Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.
For the past two decades, the Southwestern U.S. has been in a nearly persistent drought, with snowfall and rainfall too low to let the region to completely recover from the drought.
WATCH: Discussing Western Water Drought With Obama