The State of Texas places water development and conservation in local hands, guiding it with standardized water planning under Senate Bill 1 (mandated by the 75th Legislature in 1997). While the cities of Abilene, Midland and San Angelo are committed to further development of local surface and groundwater supplies, these steps alone will not resolve the shortages identified in the 2012 Texas Water Plan. Each city has funded the engineering, legal and organizational needs of a united effort to:
- Evaluate and develop water management strategies.
- Maximize existing water resources.
- Acquire future groundwater or surface water supplies, if necessary.
The partnership is in the early stages of research, committed to seeking realistic water solutions through a transparent process leading to an outcome that is fair for all involved. The group will consider all input and options, and is not bound by any agenda or calendar.