Texans will find relief in a state Senate bill that tackles our aging and neglected water infrastructure. Even with its limitations, the proposed legislation could be the first major overhaul of the Texas water system in a decade.

Senate Bill 28 would allow Texas to buy water from other states and finance desalination projects to create new sources of drinking water. The bill also targets outdated infrastructure but is narrowly tailored to focus on water mains. These largely deteriorated pipes are just one component of the whole water system, explained Jeremy Mazur, senior policy adviser focusing on water policy for the think tank Texas 2036.

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