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Future of Texas
I have more than 30 years in the retail water utility business, most of that spent in Argyle. I have interacted with my peers across the state and the word today in our business is fear and serious concern. Our neighbors to the west are in the most critical situation, but the pattern of declining surface water impoundments is creeping steadily eastward.
Wichita Falls is the largest city in our region facing immediate crises, but Graham, Childress and others west of here are just as bad. They don’t get the press, probably because there are fewer people in those rural areas.
Rainfall patterns in Texas are capable of supporting a limited population and agriculture. It seems we may be approaching that limit. Lakes do not make it rain a single drop, so lakes are not the solution. Increased/new water supplies, combined with a profound change in the way Texans use the water that we have, can solve the problem of insufficient rainfall. The only long-term, never fails to be there water supply in Texas is the Gulf of Mexico.
It is my opinion that the future of Texas will depend on the desalinization of seawater on the coast, and the pumping of that water up the river basins to serve the entire state. That would be a huge and expensive project, but the positive economic impact of water in abundance, would be immeasurable.
Oil and gas is delivered through pipelines all over the U.S., and we can do the same with water.