Leave it up to Laredo to go against any common sense when it comes to water conservation. "Jobs, jobs and more jobs" is the refrain commonly heard from our mayor, council and city staff and as such they bend over backwards and essentially become contortionists for the fracking industry. Once in a while, a story will pop up in the Laredo Morning Times about the city's ill-conceived plan of selling our water to Big Oil but there has not really been any "getting to the bottom" of the true water situation in Laredo. VIDA, for one, has been consistently vocal about the the city's continuous sale of water to special interests depsite it apparently being forbidden by law. I say "apparent" only because it continues unimpeded.
In the meantime, other parts of the Lone Star State are taking the drought a lot more seriously that our local representatives. This is especially true in regards to water disputes with other states as well as with Mexico.
From The Texas Tribune
As Texas' drought wears into its third year, water fights are accelerating within the state as farmers, cities and industry compete for limited supplies from dwindling reservoirs. But many of these seem like small-scale skirmishes compared with the complex and high-stakes battles along Texas' borders that stem from pacts signed decades ago.
Texas is currently locked in a legal conflict over water with New Mexico, and a North Texas county is suing to get access to a vast amount of water — more than 460,000 acre-feet, equivalent to a year's supply for several Austin-size cities — from Oklahoma. Mexico is also delivering water from the Rio Grande to Texas at a slower than usual rate.
Along the Texas-New Mexico border, the rhetoric is particularly heated. Last week, Texas filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court that accused New Mexico of failing to deliver water from a reservoir along the Rio Grande known as Elephant Butte. New Mexico's attorney general, Gary King, called the move "tantamount to extortion" and harmful to New Mexico's farming interests. Texas counters that in accordance with a 1938 Rio Grande Compact, the water should be going to Texas farmers rather than being held in New Mexico.