The Associated Press article A Texas city councilman is warning that water supply issues and climate change are forcing Texas residents to prepare for a longer drought.
A Texas City Councilman is urging residents to consider making changes to their drinking water source to reduce the risk of bacterial disease outbreaks.
In a report to be released Tuesday, Councilman David Ralston said people should plan for a “longer, hotter, drier drought” in the coming decades if water supplies don’t improve.
In Texas, the drought has forced residents to evacuate homes and businesses, and has forced officials to ration drinking water supplies.
Residents who don’t plan ahead for the potential effects of climate change may find it difficult to adapt.
“This is a real challenge,” Ralstone said.
“We’re going to see the effects of a prolonged drought in the next couple of decades, and if we don’t have any long-term adaptation, we may see a lot more of these water crises that are really impacting people and their families.”
The Associated Statesman newspaper in Texas has reported that several water treatment plants in the state have been shut down since the start of the drought in October.
The Texas Tribune reported that the Texas Water Development Board said it was considering closing down a plant in Galveston County.
That plant is located at the corner of North Loop Road and Interstate 40 in Galvez, which is about 35 miles southeast of Houston.
The city of Galvez is about a half-hour drive from the site of the plant.