"How Dallas Survived the Drought"

By Cory Shockley, PE

The year of 2011 was one of the hottest and driest years on record for much of Texas. Water suppliers across the state were facing dwindling supplies, mandatory cutbacks and budget shortfalls. The combination of high temperatures and increased evaporation with little rainfall and even less runoff resulted in water supply reservoir levels reaching historic lows. Common questions among water suppliers included:

  • Is this the new drought of record?
  • When will it rain again?
  • Where will we go for water when our lake runs dry?
  • What could we have done to be better prepared for these conditions?

Dallas knows the answer ...

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