What's the magic number on Texas' water needs?

KTSM - NBC - “The plan can’t make there be more water in the aquifer,” said Ken Rainwater, a professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock who specializes in water resources management. Residents may hope that current levels of farming in the Southern High Plains can continue through 2060 and even expand, he said, but “that’s just not going to happen.”

The 2012 state water plan — the state’s strategy for meeting water needs — estimated that Texas would face a shortfall of 2.7 trillion gallons of water a year by 2060, and that filling the gap would take an estimated $53 billion in new infrastructure.

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“The plan can’t make there be more water in the aquifer,” said Ken Rainwater, a professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock who specializes in water resources management. Residents may hope that current levels of farming in the Southern High Plains can continue through 2060 and even expand, he said, but “that’s just not going to happen.”

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