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Combs Issues Water Report

by Elizabeth Ruiz

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs  is calling for a "revolution in water technology."
Her new water report analyzing economic impacts of water shortages includes several recommendation to the state legislature aimed at increasing supplies.
"We need a breakthrough in this field, and some of our state funding should be used for innovative technologies which increase conservation," said Combs.
She says the booming population in Texas and the economy are creating an increasingly unquenchable demand for water.
"If you don't have water, you don't have jobs and every job needs water," Combs told 550 KTSA News.
She wants the Texas Legislature to establish a reward system for those who develop new, cheap sources of drinking water. 
"San Antonio was part of a study by the University of Florida that looked at daily water supplies for 225 cities across the country, and San Antonio is  sort of the shortest in water," said Combs. 
That's despite the plentiful Edwards Aquifer.
"When you have growth outstripping that, and you have regulatory issues restricting the use of water from the Edwards Aquifer, you've got to find other sources," Combs told 550 KTSA News.  
While it's easy to blame the historic drought for our water problems, Combs notes that Texas has been prone to cycles of drought for centuries and there's no reason to expect that pattern to change.
Her "Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution" examines research-driven approaches for augmenting Texas' water supply.  

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