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The summer’s record heat has caused costly damage to Texas water systems

As dry soils contract, underground pipes rupture and cities must fix thousands of water leaks, frustrating conservation efforts and highlighting the vulnerability of critical infrastructure to a warming climate.

City of Odessa Water Distribution employees work through the night as they attempt to repair a broken water main on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Odessa. According to Mayor of Odessa Javier Joven, repairs were completed around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday.

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