A recently released Texas Water Development Board draft report claims that, based on current growth projections, the state will face major water shortages in the future. Among the draft report’s recommended strategies to prevent “significant economic losses” are conservation, water reuse, drought management, and desalination.

The draft report estimates an 82 percent increase in the state’s population from 25.4 million in 2010 to 46.3 million people in 2060. During that period, water demand is expected to increase 22 percent, “to a demand of 22 million acre-feet per year,” with significant increases expected in manufacturing and for steamelectric power generation and livestock. During the same period, water supplies are projected to decrease by 10 percent “to about 15.3 million acre-feet by 2060.” The draft report is available for public comment until October 25, 2011.