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Officials: Prop 6 will help bring new reservoir for Abilene

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:13:35 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 07 2013 09:33:04 AM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

The City of Abilene is one step closer to building a new reservoir. A constitutional amendment to fund future Texas water projects passed in Tuesday’s election.

"I believe that this vote for Texans was the most important that they will ever make in their lifetime. I'm extremely excited the people of Texas recognized that and voted for it. Obviously this is really big news for Abilene and the Big Country," said Sen. Troy Fraser, co-sponsor of the amendment.

One of the projects – Prop 6 – will help fund is the Cedar Ridge Reservoir the city of Abilene hopes to build in the next 10 to 15 years. The reservoir would be built about 35 miles northeast of the city.

Mayor Norm Archibald said the $240 million reservoir will be the largest project in Abilene’s history. The mayor said it will contain about 74 billion gallons of water, which will provide future water security for Abilene and parts of West Texas.   

"We only have enough water for our present future not our long-term future so we have to have more opportunities for water for the future," Archibald said.

What about people who are worried about transferring money from the state's Rainy Day Fund?

"It is a rainy day, or lack of a rainy day really, so it's money that we already have that will be replenished by other taxes that will come in the next two years," Archibald said.