The Dallas Morning News: Water tug-of-war has Central Texans fearing they’ll be sucked dry

WIMBERLEY — Landowners in small-town Central Texas call it a “water grab,” an exploitation of state rules that would cart away millions of gallons a day and destroy the economic viability of their community.

“When you can’t flush your toilet, do your laundry, cook, get a drink of water, life comes to a standstill,” said Dan Pickens. His home in the Rolling Oaks subdivision is less than a mile from a project that aims to pull more than 5 million gallons of water a day for nearby suburbs. “People’s life savings are tied up into their homes, and what’s a home worth without water?”

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