With memories of last summer and beads of sweat still lingering from this sweltering heat, many of us wonder what’s happening to the Texas climate and water sources and what can we do about it.
Planning for infrastructure that will secure water sources for 2060 is under way throughout Texas, and experts are exploring answers to a common question: Why are Texas cities running out of water? The good news is that the amount of water on Earth is fixed, so the planet as a whole is not running out of water. The bad news: Water is constantly shifting, requiring regular planning and building to meet the needs of 7.06 billion people and counting. The problem isn’t the quantity of water, but the quality and placement of it. There is H2O aplenty on a planet covered more than two-thirds by water. The trouble lies in the cost of getting water to people and industry and navigating policies to plan sufficiently. In addition to the hurdles in planning and funding new water infrastructure, conserving water while also meeting the needs of the public is another challenge.