Southwest Journalist

College students listen as El Paso Water worker Hector Sepulveda explains the desalination process May 2 at a plant in El Paso, Texas. The silver pipes push water through tightly packed membranes inside the white pipes, drawing minerals out of the brine. As the planet warms and weather patterns turn more extreme, droughts - as well as floods - in the state generally have worsened. El Paso, which has about 700,000 people living in a desert region that gets only 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain annually, receives international groups wanting to learn more about innovative facilities like the largest inland desalination plant in the United States.

Texas struggles to keep pace as thirst for water intensifies

DAVID WARREN, Associated Press
June 1, 2019
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