Dow Chemical’s claims to water rights from Texas’ Brazos River are pitting the manufacturing giant against farmers, cities, power plants and local water authorities as the river’s water supply diminishes, the Texas Tribune reports.
Dow is the Brazos’ largest and oldest user, the latter of which gives the company priority against other users. The chemicals and plastics company needs water to supply its Texas facility, which it expanded last summer. But water is increasingly in short supply as the drought worsens and the river’s users demand increasing amounts of water.
The newspaper reports that conservationists and wholesale water suppliers have warned companies looking to relocate to Texas should look at Dow as a cautionary tale and reconsider. They also say the state isn’t prepared to accommodate all of the water demands and that other companies in Texas could end up in expensive legal battles with agriculture and other water users.