Lucio III, Eddie
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/19/2013
REP. LUCIO FILES COMPREHENSIVE WATER DISTRICTS BILL
State Representative Eddie Lucio III filed a comprehensive water districts bill which would allow water districts to operate in a way which will more accuracy reflect current water supply conditions. Provisions in the bill originated from recommendations outlined in the State Auditor's office audit of the Hidalgo County Water Improvement District No. 3.
"Water districts across the state are seeing an increase in their municipal demand," said Rep. Lucio. "We want to ensure that they have the flexibility to service those needs."
Water districts included under this piece of legislation are water improvement districts, water control and improvement districts, and irrigation districts. Due to urbanization, districts who previously delivered the majority of their water to irrigation are now delivering a significant amount to municipalities. This shift in revenue source is now taken into account with the proposed legislation.
Rep. Eddie Lucio III is committed to streamlining water district requirements to meet current marketplace conditions. "This is the first time in a long time water has been the highest priority during Session. We look forward making great strides when it comes to water policy," said Rep. Lucio.