Despite Rain, West Texas Water Woes Continue

SAN ANGELO — With its pretty rivers and lakes, this city of 95,000 people is sometimes called the oasis of West Texas. But San Angelo recently came within a year of running out of water, as it faced a severe drought that produced brown lawns, dying bushes — and fear.

“Who wants to pull up to a hotel and it’s dead?” said Bob Banskter, general manager of the Rodeway Inn in San Angelo, alluding to landscaping. It was late September, a day after City Council members had voted to ban the use of outdoor sprinklers, and as he walked around ...

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