West Texas cities to partner in future water plans

West Texas cities to partner in future water plans

By Callie Harris - Communications & Media Relations Mgr- City of Abilen

 

 

 

ABILENE, TX. – The cities of Abilene , Midland and San Angelo announced today that they will soon decide whether to enter into a partnership to evaluate future water supply needs of those communities and to explore possible shared resources to meet those future needs.“An adequate water supply is essential to the future of West Texas ,” said Mayor Norm Archibald. “As each city plans for its future water supply, it makes sense that we look for ways to partner with other cities in West Texas to ensure our future and to reduce costs of water resource development.”{{more}}The first step in the process would be strategic concept development where the cities would identify current resources as well as methods of transporting water throughout West Texas .“We’ve been working independently but we’re now ready to develop a regional water management strategy that would provide for the short term and long term water needs of our communities,” said Wes Perry, Mayor of Midland. “We have long sought dependable, secure water resources for San Angelo , however we also recognize the need to explore options that address regional concerns. We are pleased that the initiative announced today establishes a strategic partnership for West Texas ,” said Alvin New, Mayor of San Angelo. Representatives of the three cities will present a proposed agreement to their City Councils at their next regularly scheduled meetings. The cities are agreeing to jointly evaluate, select and develop short and long term water management strategies for future water supplies.