Texas creates state desalination committee

Following recent severe droughts, a Joint Interim Committee to Study Water Desalination has been created by the legislature in the US state of Texas, including members of both houses.

On 16 January 2014, Lt Governor David Dewhurst appointed to the committee Senator Eddie Lucio of Brownsville, who had sponsored the resolution creating it. Brownsville has had a brackish-water desalination plant for a decade and has also pursued a seawater plant.

Dewhurst also instructed the Senate Natural Resources Committee to focus on four interim charges to study

  • The use of brackish water
  • The regulation of the state’s water supply
  • Environmental permitting delays
  • Implementation of legislation passed during the last session, including House Bill 4 which created the state water implementation fund.