State of Texas: How Much Water Does Texas Really Need?

Joanna Wojtkowiak

State of Texas July 2014

Last November, voters approved creation of a state fund—seeded with $2 billion—to finance new water projects over the next 50 years. But a new report from the Texas Center for Policy Studies suggests the state could need far less additional water than predicted. The report says Texas is overestimating its future water needs and that if new projects emphasized reducing demand through conservation rather than just increasing supply, Texas could require 60 percent less new water than projected.

Sources: Texas Water Development Board, Texas Center for Policy Studies. 

Illustration by Joanna Wojtkowiak

 

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