Tag Archives: Water

Undrinkable: Many along Texas border still live without clean, safe water

Editor’s note: This is the first in a five-part series from the Texas Tribune exploring the challenges many borderlands residents have to overcome just to have access to drinking water. Tribune reporters spoke with residents of Las Pampas, a colonia near … Continue reading

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In West Texas, A Little Water Goes a Long Way

In Far West Texas, a little water goes a long way. Balmorhea ranchers Don and Ellen Weinacht learned that in 2001, when they turned over part of their cattle ranch to create a wetland for migrating birds. Now, three years … Continue reading

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Balmorhea Water: A Family Divides Over Water Sales To Permian Basin

The 75 heirs of a legacy Texas homesteading family are divided. One side wants to keep the water under a total of 11 thousand acres just north of Balmorhea, the other side is selling their water for fracking. It’s a scenario … Continue reading

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Pipeline from the Border would bring Water to Permian Basin Towns

There’s a proposal on the table in Texas to pipe water from the borderlands region of Val Verde County – home to Del Rio – to 13 rural counties in the Permian Basin. Despite the recent rains we’ve seen, the … Continue reading

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For Legacy Oil Family Facing Drought, It’s Conservation or Bust

The latest drought monitor from the USDA shows about 60% of Texas still suffering from a lack of rain and strained water resources. Lately there’s been some concern brewing in West Texas about towns, cities or landowners selling their water … Continue reading

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