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SAN ANTONIO -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has proposed that a
$208 million water desalination plant be built somewhere on the Texas
coast as a way to increase supply to satisfy the state's future water
The proposal was part of a water-security program, announced by
the governor during a visit to San Antonio, that calls for more
bullish efforts to find new water supplies, as well as more
conservation of existing resources.
``It's time to look for new and untapped sources,'' Perry told an
audience at a San Antonio Water System plant near downtown. ``There's
no greater potential supply of new water than what splashes upon
hundreds of miles of Texas coastline.''
Perry said he would ask the Texas Water Development Board, working
with regional water-planning panels, to put together the details for
a demonstration plant to strip the salt from ocean water to create
drinking water that can be piped around the state.
With the state's population expected to double in the next 40 or
so years, he said, ``we can't wait to address the issue of a safe,
abundant water supply. We have to make plans today.''
The state has a number of small inland desalination plants, but
none along the coast or comparable in size to facilities at work in
California, Florida and other places.
Rep. Ron Lewis, D-Mauriceville and a member of the House Natural
Resource Committee, agreed that Texas has no choice but to face its
water needs head-on.
``If we don't have a supply of clean, safe water, this state is
going to dry up and blow away,'' said Lewis, who was traveling with
Todd Vottler, a water-resource planner with the Guadalupe-Blanco
River Authority, said a desalination plant would address the
often-contentious efforts to move water from places that have too
much of it to places that don't have enough.
``An almost limitless source of seawater would get around some of
the issues faced on the scarcity of (water) sources,'' he said.
Perry proposed increased use of tax-free investment bonds to
finance the desalination plant and other water-related projects.
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Perry also said the state should be mindful of keeping its water
safe from terrorists and other threats.
He said he has directed all Texas Parks and Wildlife patrol
officers to also police dams and water-intake facilities to ensure
their security, and he will seek the help of federal-state
law-enforcement groups to protect coastal ports and waterways.
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