Texas Growth Increases Demand On Water Infrastructure And Resources
TEXAS WATER DEMANDS – So think about how many times have you used water today. Whether it’s used for bathing, making coffee, washing laundry, watering plants or quenching a thirst, it’s easy to take water for granted, because it’s always there, and always working . But for many states water infrastructure is becoming increasingly unstable. Especially for Rural communities. And for the Lone Star State, water quality and infrastructure can vary from region-to-region. On top of that, there’s the issue of demand for water resources as the population in Texas is rapidly growing, putting a strain on existing water systems.
It really comes down to if we have enough water for everyone who wants to live here," says Jayme Lozano Carver who covers water issues for the non-profit Texas Tribune media organization. "We know that there are already at least 30 million people in the state, while we are losing at least 132 billion gallons of water every year. The population is supposed to balloon to 54.4 million by 2050. So, whenever you pair that with our aging infrastructure and our declining water levels, that future can look really scary unless there is some planning."
To address Texas’ current and future water issues is Senate Bill-28, it proposes to create the Texas Water Fund, a plan to infuse billions of dollars to improve water infrastructure and invest money towards developing new water resources; it comes with a constitutional amendment that voters will get to decide on the November ballot.