Texas Mayors Involved in Mayors Water Council
Denton Mayor Mark A. Burroughs recently brought forth a resolution on behalf of the Mayors Water Council (MWC) urging Congress to pass legislation focused water issues important to cities. The resolution calls for developing safe methods to recharge the nation’s freshwater sources and finding ways to remove excess silt from aquifers. The resolution also calls for developing new surface water reservoirs at the interstate level, developing environmentally safe methods to transfer water from basins, and finding innovative means to desalinate salt water and make it safe for consumption.
The primary purpose of the Mayors Water Council (MWC), a task force within the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is to assist local governments in providing high quality water resources in a cost effective manner. The MWC provides a forum for local governments to share information on water technology, management methods, operational experience, and financing of infrastructure development.
Additionally, Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne spoke about water resource development to a gathering of mayors from across the nation during a meeting of the MWC in Washington, D.C. last month. The discussion focused on this proposed resolution to the Conference of Mayors that, if adopted, would request Congress to make water issues a national priority.