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October 21, 2014

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A house above the Pedernales River, which has nearly dried up in some sections due to the region's extreme drought, in Spicewood, Texas, March 9, 2014. Residents of the arid West have always scrapped over water, but years of persistent drought are now catalyzing those struggles, and the explosive growth of western cities and suburbs is raising the stakes to an entirely new level.

Ilana Panich-Linsman / The New York Times

A house above the Pedernales River, which has nearly dried up in some sections due to the region's extreme drought, in Spicewood, Texas, March 9, 2014. Residents of the arid West have always scrapped over water, but years of persistent drought are now catalyzing those struggles, and the explosive growth of western cities and suburbs is raising the stakes to an entirely new level.