Reservoirs Make Comeback in Parched Texas

Tucked away in Northeast Texas, Lake Gilmer was the last major reservoir built in the state, more than a decade ago. Local officials said they intended to share construction costs and water with a new power plant, but the power company backed out, leaving the city of Gilmer with the bill. 

Rather than serve city or industrial customers as a water source, the lake is mostly used for bass fishing. 

Despite this cautionary tale, Texas’ interest in reservoirs is reviving as the drought persists and growing cities scramble for new water supplies. The state’s water planners envision 26 ...

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