Texas Set To OK Plan For Future Water Needs

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Water Development Board is expected to approve its 2012 plan to help the state meet its water needs over the next half century.

The challenge is especially acute given that Texas continues to suffer through its worst single-year drought on record. Board members gather Thursday in Austin. Their report is
released every five years.

The latest edition says Texas' population may grow 82 percent by 2060, increasing water demand 22 percent while supply drops 10 percent.

The report calls for implementing $53 billion in infrastructure projects and conservation efforts.
It says failure to meet future water needs could cost Texas $11.9 billion per year if the current drought approaches the state's worst on record in the 1950s, and up to $115.7 billion annually by 2060.