Since summer many Texans have been under mandatory watering restrictions, which will likely persist at least through summer 2007. Unfortunately, not everyone understands that drought is only part of our water woes. The real issue is our rate of consumption: North Texans rank among the highest water wasters in the US. Our area will continue to develop, but if we do not permanently alter our water usage habits, we could run out of water before the new reservoirs become accessible in 2008. And these new resources might not even keep up with our current rate of consumption. If we do not start using our water more wisely, and our supplies continue to dwindle, it's reasonable to expect water prices to skyrocket. Water will be the next oil.
We are not alone, fellow Texans. Residents of San Diego have demanded greater access to a certain canal that irrigates farmlands on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Follow this link to read more about it: http://tinyurl.com/y3b342.
Any comments about water issues confronting Texans, Californians, Mexicans, or anyone in North America?