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Texas spends millions learning water needs, but allocates little to implement $53 billion plan
SANFORD, Texas (AP) ' Texas has a $53 billion plan designed to ensure there is enough water for the state's rapidly growing population ' even during the worst droughts.
To date, the state has only allocated $1.4 billion to implement the plan.
If there were funds, Texas would be able to build the dams, reservoirs, pipelines, wells and other infrastructure needed to avoid tight water-use restrictions during droughts while also guaranteeing enough water to the state's population ' even in 2060.
Instead, more than four years after the latest blueprint was published, deadlines have passed with some work barely begun, and many projects never started. Meanwhile, lakes are shrinking, rivers are drying up and temperatures are rising.
Texas Water Development Board official Carolyn Brittin warns the longer Texas waits, the more implementation will cost.