AUSTIN, Texas — An unprecedented study by Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) will look at turning the Gulf of Mexico into a long term source of fresh drinking water, according to Your Houston News.

The $2 million study will focus on the possibility of building a natural gas-fired power plant next to a seawater desalination facility along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The plant would hopefully produce both electricity and fresh water for Texans, which are vital to keep up with Texas’ steady growth, noted the article.

“Texas needs water, and Texas needs electricity,” Patterson said. “This idea has exciting potential to bring both a sustainable source of water and power to Texans who need it most.”

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