MCALLEN, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The cities of McAllen and Hidalgo have an agreement on water supply from the Rio Grande River.
The nine-year agreement is for McAllen to pay for the amount of water it uses. The other contracts previously had McAllen paying a set amount regardless of how much is used.
It's a gamble the cities are taking on. But McAllen officials say it's in anticipation of the city getting bigger.
"Right now, it probably won't affect them a whole lot, because we have enough water rights secured to service our city, our customers," said McAllen assistant utility general manager Marco Vega. "This is really thinking ahead, though definitely benefits right now, but it's more for five years from now, ten years from now. For the growth of the city, the growth of the area."
McAllen has never had a water contract like this before.