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Texas aims to learn from drought

State officials hope to alter attitudes on water usage

AUSTIN, Texas - When Susan Combs was growing up on her family’s West Texas ranch, conserving water was part of everyday life: If the windmill was not turning and the storage tank at least half full, the household plumbing was turned off, even the toilets.

In her political career, Combs has been urging Texans to save water for years, first as a lawmaker, then as agriculture commissioner, and now as state comptroller.

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