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Drought Leads To Desperate Measures In Texas

Can you imagine running out of water? That's exactly what is happening in Wichita Falls in Texas – a city of over one-hundred thousand people. Their current drought is in line to be the worst drought on record. Officials are forced to consider desperate measures, such as use treated waste water for consumption.

The public is skeptical, though The Texas Water Commission is confident that water will be safe for public consumption. Their state of the art water treatment facility is able to treat five million gallons of water per day. The facility has four stages of filtration to ensure the water comes out clean.

The community has come together to conserve as much water as possible. Outdoor water usage, such as washing cars or filling pools, has been prohibited and can result in fines of up to two thousand dollars. With such restrictions and public conservation, city water usage has been down by 45%.

Water conservation isn't the only thing the public has come together on. A local radio station plays a rain related song every hour during one of their shows. Others have turned to praying for rain in dried up lake beds.

There could be some good news in the future for Texas. The Climate Prediction Center says that portions of Texas may see an improvement in the drought due to an increase in convective rainfall in the next two months.

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