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David Wilshusen, 69, stands outside his home in Houston County, Texas on on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)

A boil-water notice in Houston made national news. In rural Texas, it’s a way of life.

Rural communities face compounding reasons they can’t improve their water infrastructure, including inflation and a lack of human resources.

The sun shines through the trees on Highway 287 near Grapeland, Texas on on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)
David Wilshusen, 69, stands outside his home in Houston County, Texas on on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)

Boil notices don’t always mean contaminated water

The Consolidated WSC in Crockett, Texas on on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)
The Houston County Lake in Houston County, Texas on on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)

Why rural Texas struggles to keep up its infrastructure 

An American flag hangs on the wall of a building in Grapeland, Texas on on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)

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