SAN ANTONIO -

After heavy campaigning across the state, supporters of Proposition 6 feared voters might not see it their way. Instead, Texas voters decided 3-1 in favor of the amendment.

"Texans are finally getting the message,” said Bill West, general manager of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.

The amendment will now allow the state create a revolving loan account that uses $2 million from the rainy day fund. It will be used to fund water conservation ventures such as pipelines, desalination plants, and storage facilities.

In line to get funding would be the Mid-Basin Project, a $400 million proposal by the GBRA, which has been in the works since 2004.

"Without Proposition 6, the project would be very difficult,” admitted West.

Funding the project, which calls for the treatment and distribution of excess ground and surface water in Gonzales County, has been a struggle. 

It is needed, according to the GBRA, to keep with water demands of a rapidly growing population along Interstate 35 and SH 130 north and east of San Antonio.

Proposition 6 could also potentially help fund SAWS' desalination plant in southern Bexar County.

Perhaps benefitting the most will be small communities who lack the funds to finance projects on their own.

Sixteen regional water-planning agencies will be set up across the state to determine if a project will receive money. Proposals will then have to be approved by the Texas Water Development Board.

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