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Sign of the Times? More Towns Warned They Could Run Out of Drinking Water

Over 30 Texas water systems warned of imminent water shortages

 

Over 30 areas in drought-plagued Texas have been given a warning their municipal water systems are at risk of soon running out of water.

According to the latest list issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, there are 21 water systems that could be out of water in 90 days or less. Eleven water systems may have just 45 days or less before running out of water.

According to reporting by the Associated Press, the state's reservoirs are at their lowest point for this time of the year since 1990.

Amidst a drought State of Emergency, officials in California warned of similar water woes in January, announcing that 17 communities were in jeopardy of running out of water in 100 days or less.

Peter Gleick, President of the California-based Pacific Institute, wrote in February that the Golden State's drought must be considered "in the context of climate change," and warned that it should be seen "for what it is: a bellwether of things to come."

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