Water is life.
Without water, there are no farms, no factories, no homes, no life. We all know this.
What we all don’t know, but should, is that Texas faces a critical water shortage as we continue our growth. The 2012 Texas State Water Plan tells us that in serious drought conditions, we do not and will not have enough water for our businesses, our farms, and for us.
It’s a good problem to have, since our booming economy continues to bring new people from across the world into Texas to live, work, and contribute to the vitality that is our great state.
It’s a good problem, but it’s also a very serious problem.
Demographers estimate that the population of Texas will increase 82% by 2060, from 25 million people to 46.3 million. The Texas Water Development Board estimated that more than half of that projected population would not have enough water during drought conditions if new management strategies and projects were not implemented.
So what are we doing about our water problem?
Well, Texas Legislature and the voters of Texas took some significant steps recently. The 83rd Texas Legislature voted to establish the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT), and the voters of Texas overwhelmingly passed Proposition 6, which provided for $2 billion in funding for SWIFT. It seems appropriate that the money came from the state’s Rainy Day Fund.
We did these things because water is far too important to be funded on an ad-hoc, case-by-case basis. We needed a dedicated state funding source set aside to deal with the problem of water for Texas.
At TREPAC – Voice For Texas, we whole-heartedly supported funding the state water plan. In fact it was one of our top legislative priorities. The plan itself is a nationally acclaimed document that implements conservation and infrastructure improvements, while balancing public need with private-property rights. We believe that Texans must find the will and financial resources to ensure a safe and abundant water supply for future generations.
And of course, we believe that water districts and municipalities must carefully balance the needs of the community with the rights of property owners. As local water districts, towns, counties, and municipalities try to solve the water problem, we need to ensure that those solutions do not unduly burden private property rights. Rules and regulations dealing with water have to be applied consistently and fairly.
We believe these things because we know that water isn’t just something for policy wonks and engineers to discuss in back rooms. We know that water supports growth.
Without water, there are no farms, no factories, no homes, no life.
Because water is life.
Won’t you join with us to ensure that we all have enough water for today, tomorrow, and for generations to come?