New fund should help water shortage – someday

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

When Texas voters went to the polls Nov. 5, they passed Amendment 6, which could have a significant influence on the future of the Texas water supply.

Before the election, Waco attorney Josh Tetens explained to members of the Rotary Club of Mexia some of the features of the amendment, which help citizens understand how the new law will work.

The Water Development Board in Texas makes a 50-year water plan, which it updates every five years, he reminded those in attendance. The most recent plan was drafted in 2012 and had statistics that indicated Texas’ water problem was deteriorating, which is why the amendment was proposed.

By 2060, water supplies in Texas are expected to decline 10 percent while the population of the state is expected to increase by 82 percent. Currently 25 million people live in the state, but that number is expected to increase to 46 million in the next 50 years.

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