Texas Water Development Board
The Texas Water Development Board agreed on the funding Thursday. The money is meant for 32 projects spread over 10 years, with $1 billion being disbursed this year.
According to officials with the U.S Drought Monitor, there is officially no drought in Texas.
State officials will vote later this week on approving $1 billion in loans and financial help to fund future water projects across Texas.
Texas water officials will start to evaluate applications seeking $5.5 billion for projects as part of the state’s water plan.
Texas officials have approved final rules for implementing the state’s $2 billion plan for water projects.
Texas officials are poised to consider final rules for implementing the state’s water funding plan on Thursday. Texans needs an additional 2.7 trillion gallons of water by 2060.
A Texas congressional committee is convening in North Texas to discuss the technology and cost of water desalination as the state grapples with persistent drought.
Large areas of the state have fallen into severe drought as a typically wet season remains relatively dry.
Governor Rick Perry on Friday stocked the new three-member Texas Water Development Board, which will be paid for the first time in state history, with two previous political appointments and an aide from his own staff.