The peasants of Texas are complaining about probability of draught in the area. They claim that there was ample water supply till the supply of Colarado river water was given to them but now it is going to Austin because Govt. has been maintaining the reservoirs for Austin. This is the problem with rice farmers.
Even a family which was interviewed claimed that they need water and need to grow rice for survival of their family as they cannot survive on corn.
The land in Texas has become fragile and farmers are desperately waiting for rain. The Colorado which rises in the west of Texas, crosses the Hill Country and divides Matagorda County before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.
Farmers on the coastal plains began drawing from the rain-fed river in the 1880s.After 50 years, the lower Colorado River authority built a chain of water reservoirs to control the floods and to give a reckless supply of water to the population, since then the people have shifted to the area and there has been a wonderful growth and urbanization.
A chain of reservoirs in Central Texas to generate power tames floods and provide a reliable supply of water for farmers and others. The state’s population has boomed since then, with more and more people moving here to get settle as they got favorable conditions to survive.
It is expected that the population of Texas would be double that would be nearly 3 million people by 2060 but there is now not enough water to serve the population here. A reckless situation of draught is causing tension amongst people. Growers are consuming the water at their maximum. Rice needs much water to grow and the fields should be flooded with water at least 3 to 4 inches deep, this creates scarcity of water and makes impossible for the people to survive. The river authorities say that near about one million people are living in Austin so they have to serve them first, now they are further planning to make at least one reservoir in the rice state to store the rain water but it would not be able to complete it till 2017.