Continuing drought spurs new plans, actions in Texas
Much of Texas still is grappling with dwindling and uncertain water supplies. This decline is caused by a prolonged drought that is now entering its seventh year and includes the record-setting year of 2011, when the state experienced its most severe single-year drought in history.
With conditions abnormally dry throughout the populous metro regions of the state and water storage volumes close to critical levels in reservoirs providing water to Central Texas, agencies are hurrying to develop new sources and secure reliable future supplies.
As options are explored, Texas utilities are starting to focus more on reclaimed wastewater, which increasingly is being viewed as a valuable supply alternative. But with limited allocations coveted, disputes normally reserved for water are beginning to pull wastewater into the fray.
As you’ll see in the related story by Jeff Gunderson in the May WE&T, new supply projects for central Texas are in the works, but the struggle for competing water uses continues and the significance of reclaimed wastewater in a water-stressed environment continues to unfold. Find out more about what’s happening in Texas at http://bit.ly/SiKHCR.