WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS (NBC) - These are desperate days in Texas, where the drought has become so critical that some towns could run out of drinking water in the next 90 days, without significant rainfall.
There's a line to get into Castaway Cove in Wichita Falls because this waterpark is the only recreational water venue for miles. And they're not coming by it easily.
Catastrophic drought restrictions are in effect, forcing the city-owned park to truck in well water just to stay open, 9,000 gallons a day.
It's the price they have to pay to help keep the city's economy afloat. It's a modern day Dust Bowl in Texas, forcing desperate measures.
Wichita Falls also has plans to recycle the water people flush down their toilets for drinking water.
The latest drought monitor shows Texas bone dry. 90 percent of the state is in drought.
In fact, 11 public water systems to date could run out of water in the next 45 days.
The effects are rippling through the economy. Car washes can only operate five days a week. Jobs may be on the line.
It's come to this...they're praying for rain.
The only color around Gene and Jim Brennan's home on Lake Arrowhead are artificial flowers.
The lake, only 25 percent full, is Wichita Falls' primary water supply.
It's an oasis, Castaway Cove, on an otherwise parched landscape, as drought, with a firm grip, refuses to let go.