Looking to the Gulf to fill the Gap

Apr 16, 2015

Seen is the inside of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant on April 16, 2012. The $87 million facility produces 27.5 million gallons of water per day, making it the largest inland desalination plant in the world.
Credit Ivan Pierre Aguirre / The Texas Tribune

As the population of Texas continues to grow, the water level is dropping fast. Recently state lawmakers discussed the feasibility of utilizing the Gulf of Mexico as a water source for the state.

An alternative that is costly and fraught with controversy, however saltwater desalination could catch on in ways that groundwater desalination never did.

Proposed senate bill 1738 would engender a plan for the construction of integrated desalination and power plants, reports the Texas Tribune.

“The bill would give the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality power to issue permits, and put the Texas Water Development Board in charge of putting together deals for desalination projects.” Tribune reporter Eva Hershaw reports.