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Possibly larger water supply in Texas

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Billions of dollars could soon be available to improve water systems throughout Texas including our area's supply.   State and locally residents could be looking at a larger water supply in the upcoming years.

Texas Representative Four Price says the water demand is crucial as the drought continues to affect many parts of the state. Price was one of the authors of House Bill 4 which would provide $2 billion dollars from the Rainy Day Fund for new reservoirs, desalination plants, and conservation efforts. And the City of Amarillo says they could make use of additional funds to increase water supply for local residents.

Amarillo Assistant Director of Utilities Floyd Hartman says, "An additional pipeline from the 24th street pump station to the Bonham Street. We haven't asked for funding or requested that one. It's a potential project for us to apply for the rainy day funds."

The city is also pushing for water conservation with a new Rain Barrel Harvesting Program where residents are reimbursed the money they use to purchase it. Representative Price says water is key in the state's population and economic growth especially in our area with agriculture.

If House Bill 4 passes, Price says it'll be an essential step toward developing the state's water projects and conservation initiatives.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.