H.B. 1370 78(R)    BILL ANALYSIS

H.B. 1370
By: Luna
Natural Resources
Committee Report (Unamended)


In the State Water Plan, many areas of Texas are projected to be in need
of water in the next 50 years.  Major advancements have been made over the
past decade in desalination.  Reverse osmosis and membrane filtration
technologies have brought desalination to the table as a viable,
droughtproof, and cost-competitive option.  

H.B. 1370 will continue these advancements by charging the Texas Water
Development Board (TWDB) with furthering the feasibility research for
ocean water desalination in Texas; developing a biennial progress report
on the implementation activities along the gulf coast, including study
results, evaluation of research and potential impediments to
implementation, suggestions for roles the state should play in furthering
ocean water desalination in Texas, and recommendations on future state
funding; and pursuing federal monies to fund these projects. 


It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly grant any
additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or


H.B. 1370 makes certain legislative findings including: declaring that
adding desalinated seawater to the limited water supply options currently
available in Texas offers a new source which benefits Texans across the
state; recognizing that major advancements over the past decade in reverse
osmosis and membrane filtration technologies have brought desalination to
the table as a viable, cost-competitive option; and emphasizing the need
to continue the implementation and analysis of the numerous sites
available to conduct this activity along Texas' shores. 

The bill also instructs the TWDB to participate and undertake such options
as research and studies to further the development of cost-effective use
of desalinated water.  The bill also directs the TWDB to submit a biennial
progress report on the use of desalinated water in Texas including: (1)
current study findings; (2) evaluation of research and identification of
regulatory, technical and financial impediments;(3) suggestions on state
participation to further develop seawater desalination for Texas; and (4)
anticipated monies needed to continue the state's role with assistance and
implementation of seawater desalination.  Finally, the legislation directs
the TWDB to seek federal sources for funding seawater desalination in


On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act
takes effect September 1, 2003.