A new online game launched in October of last year to educate people about water-related challenges facing Texas over the next 25 years. Developed jointly by the Colorado River Alliance and the Texas Water Development Board, the goal of the interactive game — named Texas 2040 — is to help players grasp the effects of drought and population growth on Texas rivers. This understanding includes the role of water management solutions in balancing limited supplies and the needs of increasingly more water users.
Armed with a limited budget, players must choose from a range of conservation, technology, and new supply options as the game progresses forward in time. The object is to reach the year 2040 without depleting the river’s water supplies.
Users can choose from water recycling, lawn limits, price hikes, and pipe sensors. They can also employ water cops or build dams, underground lakes, and desalination facilities. The game also imitates the Texas climate with players having to contend with variable weather conditions such as severe droughts, which affect the river’s availability of water.