Water Woes


Chelsea Purgahn

Lake Travis

If state leaders fail to act, water shortages could cost Texas $12 billion annually. To put that into perspective, that is about 6 percent of the budget the Texas House passed late Thursday night. If the state’s drought conditions worsen, the annual economic loss balloons to $116 billion by 2060. Though as the Texas Legislature debates several bills to turn the tide, other entities are acting with more urgency. The city is opening a brand new water treatment plant in 2014. And the University’s state-of-the-art irrigation system has already reduced water waste since being implemented last year. And UT is also taking a more homegrown approach to landscaping, opting for native plants that require less water. Today, Texans can choose to learn the worth of water for the well will soon run dry.

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