Across the south-west, residents of small communities like Barnhart are confronting the reality that something as basic as running water, as unthinking as turning on a tap, can no longer be taken for granted.

Three years of drought, decades of overuse and now the oil industry’s outsize demands on water for fracking are running down reservoirs and underground aquifers. And climate change is making things worse.

In Texas alone, about 30 communities could run out of water by the end of the year, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Nearly 15 million people are living under some form of water rationing, barred from freely¬†sprinkling their lawns or refilling their swimming pools.¬†In Barnhart’s case, the well appears to have run dry because the water was being extracted for shale gas fracking.

Texas town runs out of water after using it for fracking : TreeHugger.