AUSTIN (KXAN) - Texas voters soon will be asked to set aside $2 billion to help this fast-growing state keep up with even faster-growing water needs.
On Sunday morning, a special edition of In Session, In-Depth on KXAN News breaks down the issues as in advance of the Nov. 5 election. The segment features a one-on-one interview with Carlos Rubinstein, who chairs the Texas Water Development Board, which will be in charge of implementing the plan if voters approve Proposition 6.
- Texas Water Development Board
- State Water Plan
- Central Texas Water Coalition
- Anti-Proposition 6
- Texas Drought Resource
"Texas is vast. Our geography is expansive and our needs are different," he tells KXAN's Josh Hinkle. "So we are going to have a wide array of water management strategies that are already identified in the plan.
"What are some of those? Well, the biggest one that we're focused on right now is conservation.How are we going to use water that we currently have in a better way? How can we conserve it? In fact, we estimate that our demands can be met, or rather should be met, a third by better conserving water at the municipal and agricultural level, and how we reuse that water."
Sen. Troy Fraser (R) Horseshoe Bay said "I think this could be the most important vote that a person will make in their lifetime. We as Texas are the fastest growing state in the nation. We're going to have a lot of demand on our water resources. If we don't start now planning new water resources, Texas as we know it cannot continue."
The roundtable discussion included Jo Karr Tedder of the Central Texas Water Coalition and Neena Satija, who covers water issues for our partner in political coverage, The Texas Tribune.
Click on the videos above to see the report in its entirety.
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