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Drought Raises Concerns about Water Quality
As lake and river levels throughout the state drop due to the intense 13-month drought, concerns about the quality of water supplies in Texas cities are growing.

Matt Irvin, the utilities director for the city of Odessa, stated that water quality levels have gone down and that the water supply contains a high amount of dissolved solids.

If water quality continues to degrade advanced treatment measures, like reverse osmosis, could be required to produce clean supplies of sufficient quality. Also affected by the worsening water quality could be high-tech manufacturers like Samsung Austin Semiconductor, which needs for huge amounts of very pure water for memory chips.



 
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