Governor Rick Perry is urging Texans to vote "yes" on Proposition 6 which will appear on ballots next month.
With ongoing drought conditions across the state, lawmakers made it a priority to pass legislation to address the state's water needs, but they'll need to get voters on their side to see the plan through.
"Make no mistake, other states are watching what we're doing here," Gov. Perry said. "When we compete with them for an expansion or relocation site for major employers, you better believe that the status of water is part of the conversation."
Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle joined Governor Perry in urging Texans to vote yes on the proposition in November.
"Everyday Texans know we are on a collision course for economic disaster if we do nothing," Republican Rep. Paul Workman said.
If approved, the proposition would divert $2 billion from the state's savings account—often called the Rainy Day Fund—to jump start the state's water plan.
"The Rainy Day Fund will not make it rain, but it will put us in a situation where we will be able to expand and preserve and conserve our water in this state," Democratic Senator Kirk Watson said.
Governor Perry said, if approved, that $2 billion commitment will translate into $30 billion worth of water projects across the state.
The governor has already asked certain state agencies to prioritize water projects to make sure they're ready to go if voters give the state's water plan the final green light.
Proposition 6 is just one of nine amendments that voters will have before them at the polls.