MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Three cities in Texas, including one in the Permian Basin, have teamed up to secure a long-term water source.
The Cities of Midland, Abilene, and San Angelo have partnered and signed a “multi-generational” groundwater supply contract with Fort Stockton Holdings.
The agreement will secure groundwater from the Edwards-Trinity aquifer, which is “one of the most prolific sources of groundwater in Texas,” the release reads.
“As a city council and mayor, we are excited to be able to invest in this partnership for the long term, critical water needs of our city,” Midland Mayor Patrick Payton said in a statement Tuesday. “The future of our great city is even more promising because of the ability to secure water for growth and opportunity. We are thankful for the hard work, critical and effective negotiations and ultimate conclusion of this stage in the process of water security.”
The agreement is for a volume of 28,400 acre-foot per year with Midland receiving 15,000 acre-foot per year, Abilene with 8,400 and San Angelo 5,000.