Drought update: August 2023

As an unforgettable August comes to a close, Texas’ groundwater and surface water supplies continue to show the impacts of drought conditions and record-breaking heat.

The U.S. Drought Monitor's Aug. 22 report showed:

  • 62.10% of Texas in severe drought conditions or worse
  • 33.99% in extreme drought conditions or worse
  • 11.67% in exceptional drought conditions.

Drought and extreme heat impact every part of the Texas communities and economies — agricultural production is stressed and requires more water, many municipal utilities must enact water restrictions, outdoor recreation and athletics for children require restrictions and safety precautions, river- and lake-based tourism is impacted, industries that require outdoor labor face intense conditions and safety concerns, and residents must grapple with higher utility bills.

As these impacts change and evolve, stay informed about the developing situation with the following news stories from around Texas:

The viewpoints in the above news articles are those of the authors, and shall not be construed to represent the views or policies of the Texas Water Resources Institute.


As communications manager, Leslie Lee leads TWRI's communications and marketing strategy and team, manages TWRI's publications, and coordinates effective communications support for TWRI's numerous projects serving the state of Texas.

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