The partnership will allow the three cities to look at ways to maximize water sources to meet the needs of residents, businesses and industries.
"As far as the cost associated with any of our communities long term needs it would just be to cost perhibitive, but with this aliance and the different citites working together it really does afford us an opportnity to search out thelong term water supply and be able to pay for it," San Angelo City Manager Daniel Valenzuela said.
Phase one of the project cost the city of San Angelo about $300,00, phase two will fund engineering fees to determine whether water sources are viable at a cost to all three cities of about 3 million. Mayor Dwain Morrison said the three cities share many of the same problems and have the same needs.
"We have looked at many many different sources and combonations of sources to try and find a stable good and dependable water supply for our city so there's been a lot of work gone into it there's a lot more to do. This is not something that's going to happen over night butit is something we're working with because we realize our communities have to have water," Morrison said.
As the West Texas Water Partnership continues to develop residents are reminded that water is a very valuable source and urged not to waste it. Mayor of Abilene Norm Archibald said water conservation today is not an option, but a way of life.