Clarksville water crisis threatens future

CLARKSVILLE, TX - Clarksville, TX is known as the gateway to Texas. But the gateway could close as the city loses one of its main sources of water. 
 
"It's a very old and historic city. No one wants their town to die" said Mayor Ann Rushing. 
 
The city depends on its surface water taken from the city lake.
 
"We have to blend our surface water will our well water because our well water is high in sulphate and sodium" said Wayne Dial, City Manager of Clarksville. 
 
But the lake is eroding away due to siltation. Projections show it will be gone by 2040, and without a water source the city will die.
 
"Yes we do have water now to meet their needs but we're talking about the future" said Mayor Rushing.
 
For years the city was left out of the state's water development plans. 
 
"That's why it's been frustrating for so many years because we knew we had a deadline coming" said Dial.
 
But they've made recent progress by demanding Clarksville be put in the Region D planning group's new ten year plan. 
 
"It will be a challenge. I feel like the Texas Water Development Board is aware of our plight for water and how badly the water is needed" said Rushing. 
 
With limited time to make lasting decisions that will affect the course of Clarksville's future, Mayor Rushing says they remain hopeful. 
 
"You keep your town alive for your history for your citizens, for future generations. It's all about sustainability."

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