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The state of the states water supply

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On his desk, it's known as House Bill 4. Governor RIck Perry, surrounded by suited up politicians from both parties, seemed excited to announce the passage of a law that requires two billion dollars from the states rainy day fund.

On the surface

it seems kind of dry, much like most of our state's drought stricken land these past few years, but simply put: "When you go to that tap and turn it on, if there's not a good supply, we can't continue to grow and prosper," said Representative Allan Ritter, District 21.

Texas voters will still have to approve it in November, but if approved, House Bill 4 will jumpstart programs to guard against drought.

"We have all seen the devastating effects that severe drought can have on our farms, on our communities and really on our entire economy.")

Our states agricultural industry lost more than 7 and half billion dollars during the drought of 2011. That's just one industry's loss.

That drought also contributed to massive wildfires across the state, leaving fellow Texans homeless.

"We lost our house within the first hour of the fire," said one woman who survived the Bastrop fire two years ago.

Recently, in the southern part of our state, families visiting drying cemeteries started adding something else to their prayer list.

"We're asking the Lord bring us some rain please," one woman said as she took a break from watering burial spots.

Urban areas have not been spared.

Memorial Park has lost most of its trees.

And two years ago, homeowners in our city were forced to water lawns on assigned days, while Houston's three main water sources: Lake Houston, Livingston and Conroe saw levels drop. This bill is aimed at preventing that from happening as the state's population grows. It also aims at doubling our drinking water.

"This is a story for Texas families," said Governor Rick Perry. "This is a story for Texas businesses."


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