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Another hot, dry summer may push water supplies in parts of Texas to the brink

Some areas are starting the year with low water reserves. Forecasters don’t expect substantial relief from the weather.

Stagnant water is seen at the dry spillway of the Falcon Dam in Starr County on Aug. 18, 2022. Assistant Area Operations Manager at the Falcon dam Jesus Guerra says water has not flowed through the spillway since last year because water levels are below the dam gates.

A seabird on the shore of Nueces Bay showing Corpus Christi's refinery row. Plans to open plants that will turn seawater into fresh water have sparked concerns that their discharge will cause the bay's salinity to rise and devastate its ecosystem.

Corpus Christi: wetlands and refineries 

Aqua Texas, an investor-owned water utility, pumped almost twice as much groundwater as its permit allowed in 2022, according to officials with the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District. Photographed on Thursday, August 10, 2023 outside Wimberley.

Central Texas: people and grass 

The Falcon Reservoir, which supplies water to the Rio Grande Valley downstream from Laredo, was just 10 percent full in mid August, 2022.

The Lower Rio Grande: Texas and Mexico 

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