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Old 07-31-2010, 08:47 AM
 
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Are there areas of Texas, other than the coast that don't have problems with a water shortage?
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Old 07-31-2010, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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It seems likely that the areas of Texas which get the most rainfall, and/or are downstream of those areas are the least likely to be affected by drought. So East Texas and the Toledo Bend area are good bets. Keep in mind that water shortages in cities are often the result of lack of water treatment facilities, even when abundant water is available for crops.

http://www.nationalatlas.gov/printab...precip_tx3.pdf

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Old 07-31-2010, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Are there areas of Texas, other than the coast that don't have problems with a water shortage?
I think anything east of 35 will be fine, but anyone west of it is going to have isses.
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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so half of San Antonio and Austin will have problems but not the other???

to my mind anything west of Tyler is really going to be in world of hurt
FTW right now is trying to buy water from Oklahoma and is having no luck
the state has built three large lakes in past 20 yrs trying to get ready for projected growth and they already fall behind in projected water needs ...
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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so half of San Antonio and Austin will have problems but not the other???

to my mind anything west of Tyler is really going to be in world of hurt
FTW right now is trying to buy water from Oklahoma and is having no luck
the state has built three large lakes in past 20 yrs trying to get ready for projected growth and they already fall behind in projected water needs ...
Stop being simple. When I say anything west of 35; it doesn't mean there will be water loss as soon as you cross 35W.
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Old 08-01-2010, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The Edwards Aquifer is west of I-35, and it's one of the largest aquifers in the world. Austin and San Antonio sit along it. Currently, something like only 5-10% of the water in it is accessible... and of that accessible water, only a fraction is used. But if all the water down there was taken into account (granted, reaching it all would be prohibitively expensive right now), it could provide water to the current 2 million residents using it for something like 200-300 years. That's if it never rained a single drop again.

And even though Austin is on the NE end of this huge aquifer, we don't even use it for our water. San Antonio does, but Austin doesn't. We just play in some of the spring fed pools the aquifer provides . So with all the recent growth Austin's had -- the city still gets all the water it needs from surface reservoirs (lakes) along the Colorado river, which seems to work fine even during the heavy droughts like the last 2 years.

Of course, conservation is always necessary because of our current limited facilities to get water; and it's a good idea in general. But long term, I don't see any problem with water in Central Texas, even areas well west of I-35.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:34 AM
 
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Corpus Christi and surrounding areas have been under constant water restrictions for almost 8 months with no lift of restrictions in sight.

Water scarcity affects the entire state of Texas, and is not going to get better unless we change our water management and consumption practices. Sadly, this will fall back on private citizens before it affects big Ag.

There are things that we can do...for instance water recycling. Household grey water recycling (all household wastewater except toilet and kitchen) can be recycled for outdoor irrigation and outdoor purposes. Currently the U.S. consumes 9 billion gallons of water per day to water our lawns! [EPA] Think of how much water we could save if we used recycled water for this purpose. Remember - Every gallon of water recycled is a gallon of water saved!

Please watch the video below (copy and paste link)
youtu.be/HQOGt0xxakQ

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Old 04-08-2015, 11:49 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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What about Alaska? Not just for Texas but even California, etc. I know they ship water to India, why not the rest of the States? According to Wikipedia, they have 3,197 official named natural lakes and over 3,000,000 unnamed natural lakes.
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Old 04-09-2015, 01:15 AM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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What about Alaska? Not just for Texas but even California, etc. I know they ship water to India, why not the rest of the States? According to Wikipedia, they have 3,197 official named natural lakes and over 3,000,000 unnamed natural lakes.

This is typical India (no, I don't "like to travel" nor do I want to "learn about other cultures"):












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