LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Water is one of the most precious resources we have in here in Texas, but there could be a shorter supply with the population expected to double in the state by the year 2060.
H2O4Texas Executive Director Heather Harward said it's vital to start planning now for the future, when it comes to our water resources.
"We cannot afford to put water on the shelf in the state of Texas, we must continue to plan and then take those plans and implement them so that we can provide water for future generations of Texans." Harward said.
The H2O4Texas coalition was in Angelina County on Wednesday to discuss the current state water plan in the state of Texas.
Texas Water Development Board Director Kathleen Jackson said the 2017 Texas water plan is one of the best they've ever had.
"We have a state water plan that not only forecasts what our needs are for the future, but also provides the strategies and the projects that allow communities across our state to move forward with water infrastructure projects." Jackson said.
There are sixteen regional water planning groups across Texas that are working to assess our water supply, measure water demand and help evaluate what that demand will be like in fifty years.
"Texas is a state that is almost in perpetual drought, punctuated by times of flooding so the real challenge we have in Texas is how do we provide for all of the people that are moving to Texas every day and the tremendous growth we're seeing." Jackson said.
Water conservation is the primary focuses of the 2017 water plan in order to ensure Texas is prepared for future economic development.
"Water is an intricately and perhaps the most important issue to maintaining a vibrant economy in Texas." Harward said.
East Texans are encouraged to get involved with the Region I water planning group that is composed of 20 counties.