Voters throw support behind drought amendment


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Posted on September 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 11:52 AM

AUSTIN -- As the Texas drought continues, there's a new push to keep the water supply steady.

Lawmakers approved a plan to pull money from the state's Rainy Day Fund to help boost the water supply, but the plan needs voter approval.

Monday morning the League of Women Voters of Texas announced its support for Proposition 6. It’s a water amendment that calls for moving $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund. The money would go into two separate accounts for the Texas Water Development Board.

According to the plan at least 20 percent would go directly toward conservation.

“If Proposition 6 doesn't pass, they don't get the $2 billion,” explained Laura Blackburn of the League of Women Voters of Texas. “It stays in there unless this amendment is passed.”

Experts say the conservation plan is crucial because the state’s population is set to double over the next 40 years, and supply is already stressed due to the drought.

According to the latest report from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, more than 1,100 water systems in Texas are affected by the current drought. Nearly 400 are under a voluntary watch, and another 777 are under mandatory watches.

Proposition 6 goes before voters in the Nov. 5 election.

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