Midland Announces New West Texas Water Partnership 1/29/14
CBS 7 News
January 29, 2014
MIDLAND-Three West Texas cities have teamed up to ensure they have a long-term water plan.
Early this morning Mayor Jerry Morales announced The City of Midland’s participation with San Angelo and Abilene in the West Texas Water Partnership.
Morales said this new coalition is still in the beginning stages and will stand as a model for bigger cities all throughout Texas.
Back in 2010, former Midland Mayor Wes Perry met with the mayors of San Angelo and Abilene informally to create a plan to ensure there will be enough water left in the future.
“The future projects is what we’re looking toward, having the opportunity to share in those costs, and again sharing a pipeline cost is better than doing it all by yourself,” said Norm Archibald, the Mayor of Abilene.
Morales said this one-of-a-kind coalition will allow the three cities to combine resources, plans and ideas but there's still a lot of questions to be answered.
“The next step would be then to begin looking for long term resources. Once we have identified some resources, what’s the infrastructure, how do you get it to your cities, what’s the ratio, who’s going to use the waters and who’s not. So as you begin to do all those stages, then you start talking about finances,” said Morales.
During the announcement all three mayors said by joining forces they can think outside of the box, which could open up a world of possibilities.
Morales said all surrounding cities in West Texas are more than welcome to join the coalition in this hopefully soon to be historic plan.
To learn more about the partnership you can visit the following website at: www.westtexaswaterpartnership.com.