By: Luna H.B. No. 1370
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to the study and implementation of seawater desalination.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that:
(1) it is in the public interest to develop and
maintain a diversified portfolio of drought-proof water supply
alternatives to meet the water needs of the state;
(2) ongoing advances in water treatment technology and
the growing demand on water resources make seawater desalination a
more attractive drought-proof water supply option for the state;
(3) additional information is necessary to further
assess the implementation of and future opportunities for seawater
desalination in the state.
SECTION 2. Subchapter C, Chapter 16, Water Code, is amended
by adding Section 16.060 to read as follows:
Sec. 16.060. DESALINATION STUDIES AND RESEARCH. (a) The
board shall undertake or participate in research, feasibility and
facility planning studies, investigations, and surveys as it
considers necessary to further the development of cost-effective
water supplies from seawater desalination in the state.
(b) The board shall prepare a biennial progress report on
the implementation of seawater desalination activities in the state
and shall submit it to the governor, lieutenant governor, and
speaker of the house of representatives not later than December 1 of
each even-numbered year. The report shall include:
(1) results of the board's studies and activities
relative to seawater desalination during the preceding biennium;
(2) identification and evaluation of research,
regulatory, technical, and financial impediments to the
implementation of seawater desalination projects;
(3) evaluation of the role the state should play in
furthering the development of large-scale seawater desalination
projects in the state; and
(4) the anticipated appropriation from general
revenues necessary to continue investigating water desalination
activities in the state during the next biennium.
(c) The board shall actively pursue federal sources of
funding for desalination projects in the state.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2003.