POSTED: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 12:33pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 12:44pm
AUSTIN, Texas — The drought that began in October 2010 has continued into 2012, and it has taken a toll on Texas water supplies.
The map  depicts water systems that are especially strained due to drought, infrastructure problems or both. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state’s environmental agency, keeps track of which water systems are at risk of running short of water within 180 days and is the source for the information below. One community, Spicewood Beach near Austin, saw its wells dry up in early 2012, forcing the local water agency to truck in water.
The TCEQ updates its information online each week. The map below is built to automatically update each week using this data. For additional information on Texas water supplies, see our map of reservoir levels, which also automatically updates.