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Laredo confronts drought and water shortage with minimal options

Leaders in the South Texas city are reluctant to impose substantial restrictions on watering lawns even as water supplies near record lows.

A bridge crosses the dry bed of Falcon Lake in Zapata, Texas, 60 miles south of Laredo, on Aug. 16, 2022.
The city of Zapata, sixty miles south of Laredo, has nearly exhausted its water supply.

Aged system impedes solutions

A fountain in downtown Laredo on Aug. 17, 2022.

“We have to stop ignoring the warning signs”

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