When the Water Runs Out

I am right now editing the Urban Affairs column for the October issue. In it, Patrick Kennedy writes about water — and how much of it we waste on our lawns. The task had me reaching for our 2006 “Parched” issue to track down a fact. In that story, Rod Davis wrote:

Wake-up is going to be a bitch. If, or perhaps when, the spigots cough out nothing more than air and the clatter of slackened flush chains echoes in toilets across exurbia and suburbia, the sounds will reverberate throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, and the rest of the heavily populated hub of commerce that is North Texas. You won’t ever need to watch another disaster movie, because you’ll be living in one. It will hurt. A lot.

The entire story, it occurs to me, as we prepare to smash the record for 100-degree days in a summer, is worth rereading if you have a few minutes.

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