Texas Water Shortage Could Last for Years

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Texas officials say there appears to be no end in sight for the worst drought in the state's history.

The dry weather is making it especially hard for farmers.  Crops across the Lone Star State are in desperate need of water.

"Rain needs to come right now and you need quite a bit of it," Waller County farmer Tom Paben told ABC News. "But it's going to take five or six inches just to make a dent in it."

Officials predict the water shortage will be an issue for years to come - as long as population keeps expanding.

Besides farming, Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples said the situation will start to affect other areas such as infrastructure for transportation and safety and schools.

"If we don't have the water resources we need, those other areas will be impacted as well," he told ABC News.

Officials say before the drought ends, it could cost the state $12 billion in losses.

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