A never-ending thirst: Exploring Tarrant County’s quest for water
Star Telegram, May 16, 2016
If nothing is done to develop new water sources in North Texas, projections suggest that we’ll face a shortfall of 456 billion gallons by 2070.
That’s enough water to nearly fill the equivalent of five Richland-Chambers lakes. Richland-Chambers, the state’s third largest reservoir, is owned by the Tarrant Regional Water District, which provides raw water to almost all of Tarrant County.
The sobering projection is part of the 2017 State Water Plan that is updated every five years and spells out the state’s water needs, by region, for the next 50 years.
The Texas Water Development Board is expected to vote on the 2017 State Water Plan at its meeting Thursday.