Last summer we saw countless images of dry, cracked ground, and lake levels were zapped by the relentless drought.

Things have gotten better with fall and spring rains, but will area water restrictions ever be lifted?

Actually, it's not likely. Those in the know continue to say water conservation has become a way of life in East Texas, and we're all urged to continue saving water rather than put it on the lawn and fill huge swimming pools with it.

Here's a scary thought from the Texas Agriculture Commissioner. He told KTRE, "The state water plan says that water demand will increase by 22 percent, but that supply will decrease by 10 percent over the next 50 years." Nacogdoches does plan to dig more wells to keep up with demand.

So don't let the water run while you're brushing your teeth, and wait to water until the sun goes down. Oh, and practice your best rain dance moves! Some good soakers would help us all.

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