BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — It safeguards one of Texas's most critical things: water. And for a population that's expected to double in size over the next 40 years, that's crucial. We're talking about Proposition 6.
In short, it will move $2 billion dollars from the Rainy Day Fund to the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas or "SWIFT" in order to finance projects from the State Water Plan:
"The state water plan is a fifty year snapshot of what we're gonna need in terms of water infrastructure to meet our needs, both agricultural, irrigation and municipal needs," said Texas Representative Eddie Lucio III.
And the Water Development Board, which administers these funds, is still deciding the best way to allocate them:
"Desal, brackage desal, water we get out of the ground or water we get out of the sea, is one of those things," said Rep. Lucio. "You know, there's proposed projects for reservoirs, reclamation to recapture and reuse, all things that would create new sources of water."
And in places like the drought-ridden Rio Grande Valley, that water is essential. A whopping 82 percent of Cameron County voters said yes on Prop 6.
"What it means for the Rio Grande Valley is the state has made a commitment to have, provide long-term assistance for water infrastructure projects down here," said Rep. Lucio. "It is how we sustain life. All other things are luxuries. Water is a necessity."
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.