Texas is a vast and varied country, composed of areas that get regular, consistent rainfall, areas with irregular rainfall which is sufficient over a long period, and areas which do not receive enough rainfall to account for the needs of Texans.
Texans shouldn’t be victims of water shortages–we have the technology to address our water needs (i.e., we are not California).
In the mid-20th century, Texas had a long-term water plan that would have met the needs of Texans today, had it not been abandoned. This plan involved continuing to build reservoirs and, more importantly, to interconnect these reservoirs with pipelines that would move water from wetter areas in East Texas to areas in the west that currently are depleting their underground water reserves. The plan must be revisited.
Even the dry areas of Texas often have deep brackish water reserves which, along with pipelines to coastal regions, could provide an almost endless supply of water if we had the ability to desalinate it. Miraculously, God also blessed Texas with an almost infinite supply of natural gas, which could provide the energy to run such facilities. The Texas Legislature should enact legislation which would provide funding for a feasibility study of using natural gas as a fuel for desalination plants, and create a new 100-year water plan for Texas.
Conservation is great, but having plenty of water to drive a booming agricultural production is even better.