Abstracts of presentations given in Session 5 of the UCOWR conference.


Attempting to facilitate meeting the increasing needs for municipal water, the 2007 Texas legislative session passed Senate Bill 3. This act established the price at which irrigation water in the Lower Rio Grande Valley can convert to municipal water at 68 percent of the market price. Preliminary economic and financial investigations suggest this legislation could create a market distortion between desalination and traditional treatment methods by lowering the costs of traditional treatment methods relative to desalination methods.