On the edge of the big dry : running out of water in West Texas
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In the wake of the 2011 drought, finding water is one of the most pressing issues that face West Texas cities. The city of San Angelo finds itself in the unique position of being a West Texas town with several lakes, but now only has 22 months' worth of water left. In an attempt to bring more water to the drought-stricken population, the city is constructing a $120 million pipeline to pump water 65 miles from the Hickory Aquifer -- widely known to have high levels of radium that makes the water radioactive. This report, and the two accompanying audio stories, examines the implications of the move, which San Angeloans hope will secure the city’s hydrological, economic, and political future.