The Texas Tribune: Eli Hartman latest news by Eli Hartman.enThu, 06 Jun 2024 11:00:00 -0500Unchecked growth around Big Bend sparks debate over water — a prelude for Texas one knows how much water sits beneath the desert of Terlingua. Residents worry their wells will run dry, as developers and local officials cheer the tourism boom.By Carlos Nogueras Ramos and Eli Hartman, Graphics by Carla AstudilloThu, 06 Jun 2024 11:00:00 -0500 Bradbury, left, and Rick Bradbury inspect their water well as they give a tour of their water system at their home on Terlingua Ranch in South Brewster County. The couple has garnered a reputation among locals for their services as the area’s trusted water haulers, often delivering between three and four 500-gallon truckloads of water a day during peak tourism season.Rick and Georganne Bradbury drive down a remote mountain road after delivering water to a client on Terlingua Ranch. Keeping his business afloat is a constant concern for Rick, who said he’s spent thousands of dollars on replacing car parts and spare water tanks damaged by the terrain.Eli Hartman/The Texas Tribune