Could You Be Paying More For Your Water?

by Jessica Cervantez

The goal of the bill is to guide the state's future water use.

Supporters say the bill would help protect the environment and promote water conservation.

Under the plan, Texans would face millions of dollars in fees depending on water consumption. After using 5,000 gallons of water a month, there would be a $.13 increase for every thousand gallons used after that.

The plan has some community leaders concerned.

Paul Parker, the Lufkin city manager, said, "It's another attempt, in my opinion, for the state to send down unfunded mandates."

Parks is concerned that the city will have to charge the fees, but the state will get the money, and the city will never see any of it."

In the City of Lufkin, the average resident used about 6,000 gallons of water in the last twelve months.