Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX-15) filed the Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2013 (H.R. 832), a bill that would authorize 17 water delivery improvement projects in Deep South Texas.
"Texas is suffering from the effects of one of the most devastating droughts in its history, and this is why we must take action on protecting our water supply in the Lower Rio Grande Valley," said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. "This bill builds on projects which were supported by me and authorized by Congress over the years. These projects have proved to have provided significant water savings for the Lower Rio Grande Valley over time. We live in a unique area that is ever growing and evolving in population and in its topography. We must ensure our residents have up-to-date equipment to maintain sufficient waterflow."
The bill would begin improvements to the water delivery system by upgrading and modernizing their antiquated water delivery systems through the installation of water pipes and canal linings. It will enable the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, to conduct projects that include:
• The replacement of irrigation canals and lateral canals with buried pipelines;
• The impervious lining of irrigation canals and lateral canals;
• The installation of water level, flow measurement, pump control, and telemetry systems;
• The renovation and replacement of pumping plants; and
• Other activities that will result in water conservation or an improved water supply
"We must pass into law H.R. 832 in order to invest in the critically important water infrastructure projects in south Texas so as to protect its scarce water resources," said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. "These projects are vital to improving water management throughout the region."
This legislation passed the House of Representatives by voice vote in the 110th and 111th Congresses and is cosponsored by Congressmen Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville), Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) and Beto O'Rourke (D-El Paso).