In some states, auctions have been taking place for more than a year.
Now they are being scrapped because of problems with water supply.
The state is shutting down auctioneers.
The San Antonio Express-News reported:The state has been dealing with a lack of water in the reservoirs, which have been reduced by nearly 50 percent, according to the governor.
That has forced the state to sell more water.
The Texas Water Development Board says the problem has been the result of poor management, but the board says the state should have done more to reduce the impact of the drought.
But the state has no replacement for the millions of gallons of water used to clean and water the reservoirs.
The board also says the drought has caused an increase in water theft, including illegal dumping of water.