Water was the gold rush that made the Panhandle bloom.

Where’s the beef? It’s in the Panhandle. Along with wheat, dairy, grain and all the other goods we Texans can’t live without. There’s no denying it, the Panhandle is an agricultural powerhouse in Texas and beyond. And it’s water from the Ogallala Aquifer that keeps the harvest coming in year after year. 


But, like with any water supply, if you take more than you give, future generations could be looking at Dust Bowl: Part II. The pride we take in our football, families and farms should extend to our water. If we put a little energy into protecting it, we’ll keep that farm in the family name.

Water is the Key Ingredient for Life in

The Panhandle

Those old wranglers you love? A ton of water went into making them.
Water Footprint Calculator
Texas ranks first in the nation for total number of farms. They make up almost 74% of the state’s 268,581 square miles!
USDA
Texas agriculture contributed nearly $25 billion to the economy in products sold in 2017.
USDA
Did you know it takes about 660 gallons of water to make 1 hamburger?
Water Calculator
Once depleted, the Ogallala aquifer could take an average of 500-1,300 years to completely refill given current recharge rates.
Kansas State University
The Texas Panhandle receives approximately .24 in/year of recharge from playa lakes.
USGS
Water is being pumped from the Ogallala Aquifer faster than it can recharge.
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Approximately 95% of the water pumped from the Ogallala aquifer is used for irrigation.
TWDB
97% of the Texas Panhandle's water needs are dependent on the Ogallala Aquifer.
Texas Parks and Wildlife
That pint of beer your swigging took about 150 gallons of water to fill. Bottoms up.
It takes over 700 gallons of water to make 1 cotton shirt. That's enough water for 1 person to drink for 2 1/2 years!
World Resources Institute
Irrigation accounts for 74% of Texas’ groundwater consumption.
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