The map below shows cities across Texas where water systems are especially strained due to drought, infrastructure problems or both. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the source of the data, collects data on water systems that are at risk of running short of water within 180 days. Public water systems self report this information to the TCEQ, and each one noted below is in that 180-day danger zone. Click on each location to see how close the area's public water system is to running short.
If, or when, a community runs short, it won't be the first. Spicewood Beach, near Austin, saw its wells dry up in early 2012, forcing the local water agency to truck in water. Barnhart, a small community in West Texas, ran out of water earlier this month.
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