Rango is a cute animation and speaks to our water crisis. Listen carefully to NedBeatty(the Mayor) and you may see some serious similarities to current politics and policies.
The situation is getting serious, and yet, we still see people watering the sidewalks and streets as though we have all we will ever need. One of our readers tried to talk to someone doing this and was met with fury. Like we have said, it would be great if you could talk and everyone would be open to the new information, but that is not what happens. Heck, do you even know your neighbors names?
James Cannon has an article that is worth some reading. Here is a part of it:
As the West Texas drought continues with little sign of easing, further strain is being placed on the remaining sources of water.
The reservoirs that supply life-sustaining water to the region are at record-low levels, and many are unusable. All but one of the main reservoirs with the Colorado River Municipal Water District are no longer pumping to many cities belonging to the district, with most relying on one lake: O.H. Ivie Reservoir.
“All of the lakes in West Texas are going dry,” CRMWD Executive Director John Grant said.
Friday marked the 300th day since significant rain (0.1 inches or more) was recorded by the National Weather Service at Midland International Airport. Midland County is about 7 inches below normal rain levels for this time of year and close to 10 inches below average rain levels since late September. Weather experts also have told the Reporter-Telegram that in the near future the only significant chance for showers is a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico.
A recently released U.S. Drought Monitor map illustrated that 75.5 percent of Texas is in exceptional drought stages, and coupled with the latest weather statistics that show June was the hottest month on record, a dire picture quickly emerges.
The drought has been so pervasive, rain water has not replenished the continuously diminishing reservoirs. Compared to this time in 2010, water levels have dropped almost 40 percent in the O.H. Ivie Reservoir, about 85 percent for the E.V. Spence Reservoir and about 68 percent for Lake J.B. Thomas. Those three water systems make up the bulk of the water used by the CRMWD, which supplies most of West Texas’ major cities, like Odessa, Midland, Big Spring and San Angelo. More