Released by the office of Gov. Rick Perry

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the passage of House Bill 4, which provides for active, full-time governance at the Texas Water Development Board; creates a new funding mechanism to support water-supply project implementation over the next 50 years; and directs local, regional and state officials to prioritize projects to ensure efficient use of available assistance:

“HB 4 helps ensure Texas has a reliable water supply for the next 50 years by promoting conservation and innovative reuse, while further developing brackish and desalination water treatment in addition to traditional reservoir and pipeline conveyance projects. These measures will help address the increased demand our population growth will have on our water needs now and into the future.”