Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2001
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

BILL TO AID UPPER TRINITY PIPELINE PROJECTS PASSES TEXAS SENATE

AUSTIN - The Texas Senate today approved Senate Bill 836 authored by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to help the Upper Trinity Regional Water District tap into additional water supplies needed to serve North Texas' growing population. "The Census numbers released this week confirm the population explosion in North Texas, and this growth is straining every facet of our infrastructure from transportation to education to utility services, including our water supply. Every summer it seems like our communities are being forced to restrict water use to keep enough water in our storage tanks for emergency services," Senator Nelson said. "I am trying to help the Upper Trinity alleviate this problem by tapping into new water supplies and carrying out its long-range plans to keep water flowing to homes and businesses in North Texas."

Specifically, SB 836 gives the water district the authority to exercise eminent domain powers to obtain easements in non-member cities to extend pipelines. It also gives the board the ability to amend its membership by-laws.

Several pipeline projects are in the offing for UTRWD, including a 33-mile pipeline that will bring water to Irving from Lake Lavon in Northeast Texas. The Irving City Council last week approved a $53.8 million contract for this project.

Senator Nelson represents Senate District 12, which includes Dallas, Denton, Ellis and Tarrant counties.

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