Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today visited the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) on the fifth stop of his Good for Texas Tour: Water Edition. The EAA is a groundwater conservation district that regulates an area that provides water to more than 2.5 million people and covers more than 8,000 square miles across eight counties.
“About 60 percent of water used throughout Texas comes from groundwater,” said Hegar, a member of the board of advisers for the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas, a critical financial assistance tool for high-cost projects. “Groundwater not only serves families and local communities but also businesses and commercial industries. EAA’s management of this critical system is vital to the economy of the region and is a great example of the need for continued investments in our state’s water management infrastructure. These resources will ensure our state can meet the needs of our dynamic and growing economy, and that is good for Texas.”
During his Good for Texas Tour: Water Edition, Hegar is sharing the results of a new Comptroller’s office report highlighting the roles that water planning and management play in securing enough water for future generations of Texas families and businesses. He is touring a handful of key water facilities across the state, focusing on water topics such as desalination, aquifers, cloud seeding, surface water, canal systems, groundwater, flood mitigation and water reuse.
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) estimates that implementing new water infrastructure will require $80 billion in capital costs over the next 50 years, and $47 billion of that is expected to come from state financial programs. This funding is essential: TWDB reports Texas’ water demands are projected to increase by about 9 percent over the next 50 years, while existing water supplies are estimated to decline by about 18 percent during that same time.
Aquifers are underground areas made up of porous rock or sediment that hold groundwater. The EAA is one of 98 groundwater conservation districts in Texas. The 2022 State Water Plan estimates that groundwater supply will decline from the current level of about 8.9 million acre-feet per year to 6 million acre-feet per year by 2070 due to increased demand and a growing population.
For more information on the tour, including infographics, go to the Comptroller’s website.