DALLAS - Pumping water out of the ground allowed the greater Houston area to grow from fewer than 100,000 people to a population of more than four million in less than a century, but it also caused the metropolis to sink as much as 10 feet in some areas.

To slow the process of subsidence, Harris and Fort Bend counties now have subsidence districts to tighten control of groundwater usage and water districts to provide alternative supplies.

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