LUBBOCK (Austin American-Statesman)
– Green lawns might be a luxury Texas can no longer afford this
summer thanks to the drought.

The drought that has already hurt farmers and ranchers is
now starting to squeeze the water supply itself as the summer wears
on. Texas just endured its driest eight months ever with some areas not seeing
significant rain since last August.

In the Edwards Aquifer region, which remains in the worst drought stage, 175
water suppliers have put in water-use restrictions, and weather experts
predict many more will soon be forced to do the same.