- Texas faces a long-term water deficit where the demand for water will exceed available water supplies during a severe drought.
- Failure to build new water supplies could incur $110 billion in economic losses per year in this decade, and up to $153 billion in damagers per year in this decade, and up to $153 billion in damages per year by 2070, according to Texas Water Development Board data.
Our water infrastructure is failing
- The American Society of Civil Engineers grades our drinking water infrastructure with a C-. Our wastewater infrastructure receives the near-failing grade of a D.
- Texas’ water systems leaks an average of 573,000 acre-feet of water per year. This is enough water to fill a major storage reservoir.
Texas voters support investment in water
of Texas voters support spending $5 billion ideally to fix aging, deteriorating water systems.
of Texas voters support increased state spending for building water supplies to prepare the state for the next severe drought.
Business and civic demand is growing to address the state’s long-term water needs. Legislative efforts to address these challenges include:
- SB 28 and SJR 75 by Sen. Charles Perry and House Bill 10 and House Joint Resolution 130 by Rep. Tracy King, which creates new water funds for developing new water supply projects and for fixing aging, leaking water systems.
- The appropriation of $3 billion (ideally $5 billion) for the development of new water supplies and fixing leaking infrastructure.
- The creation of a permanent revenue stream for the new Texas Water Fund and water infrastructure projects by HJR 169 by Rep. Travis Clardy.