Editor’s note: The unwavering heat that we Texans are now suffering through on a daily basis is looking more deadly as the weeks pass. The discomfort we endure merely walking outside for thirty seconds is nothing compared to the statewide implications of the drought. We are thirsty; the land is thirstier.
By Bigad Shaban
A drought in Texas is reaching historic proportions. The record drought has cost state farmers more than $5 billion in lost crops and livestock. Bigad Shaban reports for CBS News on how Houston is tapping into its emergency water supply, even at the risk of sinking local businesses.
Lamar and Kelly Anderson’s livelihood depends on Lake Conroe. But the worst one-year drought in Texas history is drying up the 19-mile lake — and the Andersons’ marina business.
“I have two small children that are 9 and 11,” said Kelly Anderson. “We’ve got to take care of our kids, and what the future holds is so unknown, that it’s just very scary.”
Water levels are dropping at the rate of two feet a month, not just because of the sun. Sixty miles away, a thirsty Houston has started sipping Lake Conroe’s water.
One-hundred-and-fifty-million gallons of water now flow out of Lake Conroe through a spillway every day destined for the taps of Houston. That’s enough water to supply the daily needs of 750,000 people.
Lake Houston is a main source of water for the area’s two million people. The reservoir’s water level is critically low. Read more