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Texas House Debates $2B Water Fund

By CHRIS TOMLINSON
|  Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013  |  Updated 6:05 AM CDT
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Texas House Debates $2B Water Fund

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The Texas House is expected to begin debate on a $2 billion state water fund that will be used to build new projects across the state. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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The Texas House is expected to begin debate on a $2 billion state water fund that will be used to build new projects across the state.

State officials would use the money in House Bill 4 to leverage $27 billion over the next 50 years to build new reservoirs, improved pipelines and increase water conservation.

Texas underwent its worst one-year drought in 2011 and has still not recovered. Some cities have imposed water restrictions and experts say there is not enough water available for the state's fast-growing population.

Republican Rep. Alan Ritter of Nederland authored the bill, which would basically set up a revolving fund for water projects. The money would come from the state's $12 billion Rainy Day Fund.

The Republican-controlled House is expected to approve the measure.

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