‘Fierce’ debate erupts over water in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area
Fierce debate erupted Sunday over how much water to provide to the Dallas area as a flood threat intensifies, as water supply concerns continue to mount.
The Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex is at high risk of becoming uninhabitable due to rising sea levels, with some residents worried that their homes could flood if the water goes over their heads.
The region has been hit by two consecutive droughts, and residents are increasingly concerned about water and flood insurance.
As of Sunday, the Dallas Department of Water Management said the metroplex was in “high” flood risk.
But Dallas officials also say the water could be cut off without affecting supply to neighborhoods, which could result in severe water shortages and widespread disruption.
That was the situation at the Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday morning.
Airport officials said they had no way of predicting the level of the water until they received word from Texas Department of Public Safety.
“The DPL has made every effort to ensure our water supply is up to date and to protect all of our residents and guests,” the agency said in a statement Sunday.
“However, we cannot provide water until we know the extent of the threat and its impact on our operations and our ability to continue operations.”
The DPL and other water providers in the region have said the region could get through a few days without the risk of flooding.
But with more than 3,500 water wells under construction, there is a risk of an oversupply and disruption.
Many of those wells will be used for recreational uses, and as the storm progresses, it’s unclear how many of those will be turned into drinking water.
“We’re all looking at how much we can supply in a reasonable amount of time,” said Michael Lauer, a senior water resources planner for the city of Fort Worth.
“At this point, we don’t know.
But if we can’t supply it, how can we expect it to come?”
With more than a half-million people in the city, Fort Worth’s population is about 4,500.
Officials are hoping that with more water in storage, they can handle the increased demand.
“It’s like, if we don.
We’re not going to be able to do anything,” Lauer said.
“If we can do that, then that would be good.
But right now, it is not.”