Proposition 6 - Creates the Texas Water Fund to develop new water infrastructure to meet growing water demands. Learn more about Prop 6 and other infrastructure ballot initiatives here.
Early Voting is Monday, October 23, 2023, through Friday, Friday, November 3 and Election Day is Tuesday, November 7.
Texas Should Invest in Water Infrastructure
Texas has an estimated $32.7 billion surplus heading into its 2024-2025 biennium, presenting a generational opportunity to help Texas invest in water, wastewater, and flood/stormwater projects. A coalition of Texas water associations and key water stakeholders strongly encourages the State to invest in water infrastructure as outlined below. We also strongly support the Legislative Appropriations Requests and exceptional items for the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Public Utility Commission of Texas, which point to the critical need for investment in the Texas water workforce.
Why is investment in water infrastructure needed?
Water Infrastructure Funding Needs
Texas has large, unmet water and wastewater infrastructure needs. State and federal financial assistance continues to pale in comparison to the billions needed for water infrastructure. Additional grants and longer loan repayment terms could help communities more cost-effectively finance water infrastructure projects to the beneft of ratepayers. In a recent survey, aging infrastructure was identified as the largest driver of new capital projects, followed by population growth and regulatory compliance. Needs exist across small, mid-size, and large regional projects to support both basic system maintenance and asset management, as well as new growth. Investment of state funds in water infrastructure - for both structural and nonstructural projects - is needed to ensure Texas communities can provide safe, clean water and keep up with growing demands into the future.
Flood and stormwater infrastructure funding is largely exhausted. TWDB received
over $2.4 billion in applications for the FIF, but the $793 million appropriated for projects will be exhausted soon. The state’s new regional flood planning process will cease after development of the state’s first state flood plan in 2024 if the state does not provide additional funding. Adding funds for both the planning process and project implementation would address infrastructure deficiencies, reduce inequality, and reduce risks to the public, first responders, and private property.
Investment in science and data is also needed to support water availability decisions and identify additional infrastructure needs. Up-to-date and accurate data in the form of Water Availability Models (WAMs), Groundwater Availability Models (GAMs), water loss reports, hydrologic and hydraulic models, and planning figures is important to inform how much water is available and what infrastructure projects are needed.
Additional Coalition Partners
American Council of Engineering Companies
American Flood Coalition
American Society of Civil Engineers - Texas Section
Associated General Contractors of Texas
Association of Water Board Directors
Environmental Defense Fund
Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance
Greater Houston Partnership
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
Lower Rio Grande Valley Water District Managers Association
Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies
Texas Business Leadership Council
Texas Desalination Association
Texas Farm Bureau
Texas Flood Management Association
Texas Ground Water Association
Texas Nursery and Landscape Association
Texas Municipal League
Texas Living Waters Project
Texas Society of Professional Engineers
Water Finance Exchange
Alliance Regional Water Authority
Brazos River Authority
Brookshire-Katy Drainage District
Dallas Wetlands Foundation/Dallas Water Commons
Delta Lake Irrigation District
East Rio Hondo Water Supply Corporation
Franklin County Water District
Greater Texoma Utilities Authority
Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
Gulf Coast Authority
Gulf Coast Water Authority
Halff Associates, Inc.
Harlingen Irrigation District
Invenergy Clean Water
Lavaca Navidad River Authority
North Harris County Regional Water Authority
North Texas Municipal Water District
Northeast Texas Municipal Water District
Nueces River Authority
Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District
Red River Authority
Sabine River Authority
San Antonio River Authority
San Antonio Water System
San Jacinto River Authority
Talley Water Supply Corporation
Tarrant Regional Water District
Texas Water Supply Partners
Upper Neches River Municipal Water Authority
Upper Trinity Regional Water District
Wells Branch Municipal Utility District
West Harris County Regional Water Authority