Texas needs to tackle water scarcity before it gets worse 

Texas is no stranger to water scarcity. In every decade of the twentieth century, Texas has experienced a serious drought. However, Texas’ ability to outmaneuver its water crisis has a limit.

A deepening drought is now affecting a large part of Texas. On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration due to a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall in Central Texas.

The parched lands spanning from the Rio Grande Valley toward central and east Texas are only a symptom of a greater problem.

“The fact is that [the population] is going to double in the next 50 years,” said Dr. Andrew Sansom, professor of practice in Geography at Texas State University. In fact, according to the Texas Demographic Center, Texas’ population is expected to rise to 47.4 million residents by the year 2050.

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