With most of Central Texas' river and aquifer water spoken for, desalination has special appeal to meet the growing demand for water as the state's population grows
Patterson's office plans to announce today that it has contracted with two water consulting firms to examine the feasibility of building a desalination plant between Austin and New Braunfels on land the General Land Office owns.
"We want to do something scalable and deployable," said Patterson, who said he is looking at placing a desalination facility either just west of Kyle or just north of New Braunfels. "This is one of the elements of solving Texas' water problem."
Texas has 32 municipal desalination facilities that use brackish groundwater as a source, with a capacity of 70 million gallons a day. The largest is El Paso's Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant, which can clean 27.5 million gallons a day.