Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill that bans public drinking water in the state until the state’s aquifer is replenished.
The bill also allows the state to implement emergency management measures to “protect human health and safety and the environment,” and the governor said it will also “limit the consumption of alcohol by Texans.”
The bill is a response to the state of emergency declared by the U.S. Congress on December 12, 2018.
A series of major earthquakes have affected the state, with an area of the state considered a “critical zone.”
The governor also announced that the state will begin issuing permits for the sale of water for personal and business use within the state.
“We have an emergency preparedness program in place and will continue to be vigilant in taking appropriate action when the emergency is declared,” Abbott said in a statement.
Texas Governor Greg Abbot Signs Water Bill into Law (ABC News)Texas has the second-largest aquifer in the world, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Its aquifer contains water from a number of springs that supply drinking water to a number and the surrounding area.
The state has a system of reservoirs that can store up to 6 billion gallons of water.
The water shortage in the Lone Star State is a concern for the Texas Legislature.
Last month, the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill, SB 3, that would have created a “water ban” in the Texas capitol.
The governor said that while he has signed SB 3 into law, he will not implement the ban until the aquifer has been replenished and the emergency manager has been reinstated.