The Lone Star State is adept at surviving drought. Take the seven-year drought in the 1950s, which has been called “a turning point in Texas history” that led to creation of the Texas Water Development Board. The most recent severe drought began in 2011 and, as PSN reported then, the water restrictions made for challenging times for pool professionals. Last year, a city near Austin had banned pool permits, but would issue some if homeowners met a certain requirement.

Fortunately, things are looking up in Texas. The San Antonio Express-News stated that half the state now has emerged from drought conditions. Of course, that means the other half is still dealing with water shortages – and at least one city has a creative solution for drought-caused water restrictions. Thanks to a generous donor who’s funding the drilling of a water well and related costs, City Pool in Mineral Wells, Texas, will be able to stay open this summer. Read More