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Lake Tawakoni is a reliable source for Commerce's water, but the pipeline between the lake and the city will be due for an upgrade in the coming years.
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The State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) provides low-interest loans and grants for communities to improve water infrastructure. But in order for a municipality to be eligible for such funds, that city must participate in the Texas Water Development Board’s planning process.

The winter storms that covered most of Texas in snow and ice also interrupted electrical and water service across the state.
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Commerce City Manager Howdy Lisenbee appeared on KETR's North By Northeast on Tue. Feb. 23, the day after water service was restored following the historic winter storms of the previous week.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Willimas says not only should citizens conserve electricity as much as they can to minimize the rolling blackouts, he says it's also important to save water, because the city would be put in a difficult position if a major fire had to be put out.  And so, he also warns citizens to be careful not to use hazardous methods of heating their homes, overusing extension cords or using gas cooking stoves for heating.

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Municipal water customers within the city limits of Commerce don't have to worry about the high nitrite levels reported in water delivered by the North Hunt Special Utility District, according to a district spkesperson. That's because Commerce residents get their water from the City of Commerce, not the North Hunt SUD.

The North Hunt SUD is a rural water provider that serves customers who live near, but outside, the city limits of Commerce, Wolfe City and Ladonia.

The area where high nitrite levels have been reported are west and southwest of the Commerce city limits.

State of Texas

The Texas Water Development Board has had its own governing board reorganized. Last year, the Texas Legislature replaced the six-member volunteer board with a three-member full-time board. Governor Rick Perry appointed three longtime associates to the new positions. But one of them - Mary Ann Williamson - has resigned, less than half a year after accepting the position. Texas Tribune environment reporter Neena Satija discusses the changes in Austin.

State Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) was recently elected president pro tempore of the Texas Senate.
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State senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), whose district includes Lamar, Franklin and Wood counties, will serve on an advisory board set up to help the Texas Water Development Board disburse new money for water projects.

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Lake Fork, which sits about 90 miles east of Dallas, will play an increasing role in meeting the water needs of the city and its thirsty, rapidly growing suburbs.

A report in the Nov. 19 Rains County Leader details the short-term and long-term plans to use Lake Fork water in the metro Dallas area, which were discussed at a meeting Of the lake Fork Sportsman Association on Nov. 12 in Emory.

20K acre-feet withdrawal pending pump completion

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For a plan that purports to thoughtfully guide Texas through a more crowded and thirsty future, the 2012 State Water Plan reads unsettlingly like a playbook from the last century: dams to divert already limp river flows, big pipes pumping rural water hundreds of miles to thirsty city centers, and dozens of evaporation-prone reservoirs to fill in for those that have already gone dangerously dry.

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Less than a week after stepping down from the Texas Rangers front office, baseball's all-time strikeout and no-hit leader is stumping for Proposition 6, the ballot measure that would create a new water fund for Texas. Meanwhile, in Northeast Texas, regional planner Bret McCoy explains a detail of Prop 6 at last week's board meeting in Mount Pleasant.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry has been traveling the state, drumming up support for the water-fund initiative that will be on statewide ballots in November. Perry spoke at Lavon Lake on Oct. 10 after having giving similar presentations at San Angelo and Lake Travis earlier in the week. Why is the governor making this issue a high priority?

Upper Trinity Regional Water District

A long-anticipated plan for a new lake in southeastern Fannin County – Lake Ralph Hall – received state approval today.