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One of Wolfforth’s water towers on Wednesday, April. 26, 2023.
Broken Pipes

Texas towns need money, technical help and compromise to save their water systems

Water agencies have long resisted working together out of fear of losing their local powers. But an example from Florida could help save the Lone Star State’s water and infrastructure.


From left: Field Superintendent Coley Hitt, and Plant Operations Director Randy Hall in the filter and pump room at the Wolfforth water treatment facility.

Paying for upkeep isn’t easy

State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, at right, talks with Kel Seliger, then a state senator from Amarillo, on the Senate floor on Aug. 10, 2021.

Florida policy may help Texas’ smallest water agencies 

Former chair of the Texas Water Development Board Carlos Rubinstein speaks at a panel discussion as state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, looks on, at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center at Texas Tech University on Nov. 18, 2022.

How a West Texas city and suburb work together 

Lake Alan Henry in Garza County on April 27, 2023.
First: A dead tree sits near the bank of Lake Alan Henry. Last: Ross Gomez catches a crappie from the lake.
One of the City of Wolfforth’s water towers stands across the city from the construction site of a future neighborhood Wednesday, April 26, 2023, near Wolfforth in Lubbock County.

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