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Study Shows Arsenic in Rio Grande Aquifer System

A study released earlier this month by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that water in the Rio Grande Aquifer System—which runs through Colorado, New Mexico, and West Texas—has high concentrations of some harmful minerals. The mineral found in the … Continue reading

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A market solution to Texas’ groundwater woes?

Fracking has dramatically increased the demand for water in the nation’s most productive oil field, Texas’ Permian Basin. Water usage has already risen sixfold since 2011, and according to research firm IHS Markit, demand will double again by the end … Continue reading

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New Demand, Same Old Story: West Texans And Their Water

In arid west Texas, where rain is infrequent and rivers and lakes are few, groundwater – water from sources beneath the surface of the earth – is key to survival. And as the oil and gas industry in the Permian … Continue reading

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Permit Granted to Export Water from Fort Stockton

Almost a decade after filing its first application, the family of oilman Clayton Williams has been granted a permit to pump millions of gallons of water out of Pecos County. The permit was granted by the Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation … Continue reading

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Clayton Williams Will Appeal Ruling in Years-long Water Fight

Oilman Clayton Williams’ fight to sell water from Pecos County to Midland-Odessa isn’t quite over yet. Ed McCarthy, an attorney for Williams and his water company Fort Stockton Holdings, said he plans to appeal a judge’s recent ruling against his … Continue reading

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A West Texas Oasis, Defined By Its Springs

In part one of our series on local histories in the Trans-Pecos region, we learned how Presidio’s very existence is tied to its strategic location on the Rio Grande. For part two, we traveled to another part of Far West … Continue reading

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Texas Cities Recycle Wastewater Into Drinking Water To Boost Dwindling Supplies

The search for new water sources is never-ending for growing cities in the desert Southwest. Traditional sources like rivers and underground aquifers are proving insufficient, so cities are turning to options that were once unthinkable — like “toilet to tap” … Continue reading

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What’s Contaminating the Water in Midland County, near Interstate 20?

In a Midland County neighborhood just south of Interstate 20, residents have been warned not to drink from their tap water. This comes after routine tests showed contaminants there. In 1990, high levels of chlorinated solvents were identified in the … Continue reading

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Residents Concerned over Industrial Pollutants in Midland County Groundwater

People living in a neighborhood just south of the city of Midland are worried about their well water. Industrial chemicals were found in levels that are unacceptable by federal standards. Now, county officials are working with state regulators and local … Continue reading

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County Officials Address Residents Affected by Groundwater Contamination

Residents in a neighborhood south of the city of Midland have been avoiding their well water. This is after tests showed high levels of contaminants. In 1990, a similar mixture of contaminants were found at a Baker-Hughes facility nearby, and … Continue reading

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