Texas needs to update its water policies to ensure secure and dependable water supplies that will support a prosperous economy.

Key Points

– Texas as a whole has plentiful water resources, but regional supply challenges must be addressed. Crafting sound water policy is complicated by ownership and insufficient infrastructure.

– Existing policies, particularly surface water restrictions, act to restrict statewide water development and distribution.

– Hill Country aquifer challenges reflect much of the statewide water issues.

– Promising options exist to develop additional water resources that will meet Texas’ water needs.

– Market-based solutions would benefit Texas’ needs for water and protect property rights.