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The San Antonio Water System is having a busy summer. In the span of three months, SAWS completed their 142-mile Vista Ridge pipeline, approved a sewer main to boost West Side service and signaled Stage 1 water-use restrictions for the first time since 2018.

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The Texas summer of 2020 took a turn for the worse this week. Triple-digit temperatures throughout the weekend scorched the San Antonio region and forced officials in San Antonio and New Braunfels to issue drought restrictions.

As water scarcity becomes a growing concern in the U.S., one alternative source of water that regions are increasingly investing in is desalination.

But the process can be expensive and harmful to the environment, so researchers are looking at what is needed to lower the cost and improve the energy efficiency of desalination.

From Texas Standard:

The Rio Grande, or the Rio Bravo as it's known south of the border, is a natural divider between the United States and Mexico. It's also an important shared natural resource. But a recent investigation by the nonprofit journalism organization Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad found that some in Mexico might not be using that and other water resources the way they were intended.

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On the banks of the Llano River, just south of Junction, Texas, amongst the cactus and mesquite trees sits a house that researchers hope will change the face of conservation.

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Ian Taylor, Chief Executive Officer at New Braunfels Utilities, knows his city is growing, fast. And that with that growth means looking at new ideas to manage resources. “I really struggled with [One Water] because … it was just kind of this out there concept,” Taylor explained at the Texas Water Symposium held on November 21, 2019 in San Marcos.

From Texas Standard:

Water nourishes us. But it also forms borders between geographic regions, and has even become responsible for migration, as individuals and families make decisions about where to live based on the availability of this critical resource. In Texas Standard's series, "Drop by Drop," reporter Joy Diaz set out to learn how water affects politics, migration, the environment and economics. Diaz says she was motivated to produce the series by the growing importance of water in cross-border issues.

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More hot and dry days, aging infrastructure and population growth are all factors in the state of water in and around San Antonio. How are area water agencies working to ensure sustainable, accessible water resources for the future?

A World Without Water

Aug 8, 2019

What would happen if we ran out of water?

For an increasing number of people, that question is moving from a hypothetical to a reality.

New data from the World Resource Institute show that a quarter of the world’s population is at high risk of running out of water.

In India, residents of southern India’s biggest metropolitan area have been suffering because of water scarcity.

From Texas Standard:

The Ogallala Aquifer is a massive store of groundwater that quenches the thirst of people, crops and livestock throughout the Great Plains. The aquifer extends, roughly, from Midland, Texas, through the Texas Panhandle and all the way to South Dakota. In fact, it's the aquifer that makes the current way of life on the Plains possible. So what happens if it becomes depleted?