- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Leaders of three West Texas cities have joined forces to help develop and protect water supplies and support continued recovery from drought.

The mayors of San Angelo, Midland and Abilene together visited their respective cities Wednesday to announce the regional water collaboration.

It’s called the West Texas Water Partnership.

San Angelo Mayor Dwain Morrison says they must have clean water for the community, for industry and for business. Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald says the cooperative idea began in late 2010. Midland Mayor Jerry Morales says water is going to cost more and the cities can share the expenses, keeping the taxpayer rate down.

Officials say each city will retain local control in deciding how to generate funds for new water projects.

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