The winds blow hard here in these rural, agricultural farmlands called the “delta” in deep South Texas, where water is considered “liquid gold,” and officials experiment with how to turn drainage water into drinkable water as this region wrestles with drought.

On Thursday, leaders unveiled a pilot reclamation program they’ve been working on for several years, that, if approved, would be the first in the Lone Star State to convert brackish wild water into potable water for homes and businesses.

Read more from Sandra Sanchez with WoodTV here.