Information on this page is sourced from TWDB & its affiliate websites.
Texas Water Development Board (TWBD) is the entity accountable for knowing everything about Water in Texas. TWDB has been accurately providing water data in Texas since it was created in 1957.
North Texas has a population that predictions say will DOUBLE within 50 years, but our total water will decrease by 11%.
This is quite simply not sustainable, and means we have to make changes in our behavior to avoid being complicit in creating a Generation Z water disaster.
We simply must change our ways.
"If strategies are not implemented, approximately one-third of Texas’ population would have less than half the municipal water supplies they will require during a drought of record in 2070."
"Texas’ population is expected to increase more than 70 percent between 2020 and 2070, from 29.5 million to 51 million, with over half of this growth occurring in Regions C and H. Water demands are projected to increase less signiPcantly, by approximately 17 percent between 2020 and 2070, from 18.4 million to 21.6 million acre-feet per year."
"If Texas does not implement the state water plan, estimated annual economic losses resulting from water shortages would range from approximately $73 billion in 2020 to $151 billion in 2070."
"But for anyone paying attention, the episode was terrifying: 1.6 million people had come within a meteorological whisker of a catastrophic water shortage. And the drought of 2005—2006 was not even a particularly bad one. It was nowhere near as severe as the seven-year drought of the Pfties, during which Dallas had to build an emergency pipeline to the Red River. That fix worked, but only because the population of Dallas proper was just 600,000 or so. Today it’s 1.2 million."
"The simple fact is that Region C—which includes Tarrant, Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Denton, Rockwall, and eleven other counties—is getting too big for its water supplies: Ever-increasing numbers of people and businesses are straining resources built to accommodate a much smaller crowd. This makes Region C uniquely vulnerable to drought. The water contained in the twelve reservoirs that serve Dallas and Fort Worth is completely inadequate to meet future need.
The state’s official projections for the water shortfall over the next ?fty years are nothing less than astonishing."
Our water shortage problem stated in the most simple of terms possible is this: the population in our state continues to increase with time while our FINITE water supply remains the same at best, and worst that it is projected to decrease over time.
- by S.C. Gwynne from TexasMonthly.com published February 2008
Entitled "The Last Drop".
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"But in a state where prolonged drought is a regular occurrence, officials are struggling to ensure they can SATE everyone's thirst."
By David Warren
Both statements below are from the same information source.
The REALITY of
"Results of the TWDB analysis indicate that Texas businesses and employees could lose $73 billion in income in 2020 and more than$151 billion in 2070, with these impacts accumulating each consecutive year of a multi-year drought."
Compared to the REALITY of
"The total capital costs of the recommended water management strategies in this plan is estimated at $63 billion, with projects anticipated to be completed at various times throughout the next 50 years"
The Texas State Biannual Budget is $250.7 Billion.
WE CAN, WILL, AND MUST CHANGE
"We do have many other important issues that the budget must address, but no problem is more important to solve since nothing is more important than water is to sustaining human life. To avoid the Problem described by Texas Water Development Board a solution has been strategized and could be implemented if we could simply all together arrive at the same place of believing in and ensuring we act accordingly for the necessary change to occur."
"When a team takes ownership of its problems, the problem gets solved. It is true on the battle\eld, it true in business, and it is true in life."
This information strongly suggests that acting proactively regarding our water behaviors today is less costly than it will be if we continue to be mostly unaware of our water situation while acting complacently.
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