PRESS RELEASE
From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
March 10, 2005
Contact: Bill Bragg - (512) 463-0124

FRASER ANNOUNCES ABILENE WATER AGREEMENT

Abilene -- State Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) announced on Thursday that the City of Abilene, the West Central Texas Municipal Water District and the Brazos River Authority have entered into an agreement that enhances the current water rights and preserves future water supply options for the City of Abilene and the District.

"This is a historic announcement for the citizens of Abilene and the Big Country," Fraser said. "Everyone in West Texas understands that the one common thread that holds communities together is an adequate and reliable water source. We believe this agreement ensures the future water supply for Abilene and nearby cities for the next 50 years."

Under the agreement, the City of Abilene will receive an additional 20,000 acre-feet of water annually at no additional cost to the city or district from the Brazos River Authority. Additionally, BRA agrees to support the city's pursuit of a new reservoir as well as other additional water projects.

"I am extremely pleased to join in this announcement today," said Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald. "Senator Fraser brought all the parties together to work out the best deal for this area and we are thankful for the Senator's leadership on this issue. This is a huge victory for the people living in the City of Abilene and the Big Country."

The City and District both became concerned about reserving future water rights for the upper end of the basin as BRA expanded the amount of water they can permit. In November of 2004, Fraser hosted a meeting with all the parties to iron out differences so that everyone's water needs could be adequately addressed. "Abilene asked for assurances to protect future water supplies and that is what this agreement does," Fraser said.

Key points of the agreement include:

"The potential of having a new reservoir as well as the ability to pursue other additional water projects will ensure water for Abilene for future generations," Fraser said. "I know Abilene is committed to making more water available so that they may continue to meet the needs of a growing population."

The agreement represents the best efforts of the City of Abilene, the District and the Brazos River Authority, working cooperatively, to honor water rights while meeting the future water needs of their citizens and customers in the most reliable, cost-efficient manner possible.

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About Brazos River Authority
The Brazos River Authority's 42,000 square-mile territory includes all or part of 70 counties; extending from the Texas-New Mexico border west of Lubbock to the Gulf of Mexico near Freeport. The Authority built, owns, and operates four reservoirs (Lakes Possum Kingdom, Granbury, Limestone and Alan Henry).

About West Central Texas Municipal Water District
The West Central Texas Municipal Water District currently provides water to four cities including Abilene, Albany, Anson and Breckenridge. The District relies on water resources from the Hubbard Creek Reservoir, Lake Fort Phantom Hill, the Ivie Reservoir and several smaller reservoir projects.

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