Soon, the waters of Lake Texoma may no longer be off limits to North Texas residents and businesses, including many in rural Hunt County. Legislation has been filed in the nation’s capital which would remove a bureaucratic barrier preventing local water districts from transporting drinking water out of the lake.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued a statement Tuesday after the Senate passed the North Texas Zebra Mussel Barrier Act of 2012.
Cornyn says The bill will allow the Texoma Water Pump to reopen and provide water to the people served by the North Texas Municipal Water District which provides water to more than 1.6 million north Texas residents, including those served by the Caddo Basin Special Utility District and the Cash Special Utility District in Hunt County.
The bill will allow the Texoma Water Pump to resume operating, while also removing zebra mussels to prevent contamination.
The larger bill containing the North Texas Zebra Mussel Barrier Act will now move to the House of Representatives where companion legislation sponsored by Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall) passed unanimously earlier this year.