Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is urging state lawmakers to use the same approaches in energy production to help solve the state's water crisis.
In a report released Tuesday, Combs proposed $25 million in incentives, and another $25 million to spur new ideas of water conservation.
“Lawmakers certainly have $8 billion sitting in the Rainy Day Fund, but they also can take a look at the money they're already allocating for higher education research.” Combs tells KTRH News.
Just like new approaches in energy production, Combs says Texas needs to revolutionize water technology to sustain it's growing economy.
“Water, or lack of, can be a limiter, and lots of water can be an expander of the economy,” says.
The proposal would piggyback on Proposition 6 approved by voters last year.
“Are there spurs to innovation, spurs to technological advancements that the state could push which would then end up benefiting all of Texas?” she asks.
Combs' report also highlights ways to reduce water used in hydraulic fracturing by the oil and gas industry.
“There's a certain cost to produce water, its either energy you lift it out of the ground or convert it in some form or fashion,” she says. “And if energy makes that expensive, I've got to reduce that and have cheaper water.”