The Big Bend Sentinel reports the Marfa city officials agreed to remove the regulatory protection the city currently gets under the Midland Exemption -- so long as the city can continue to produce up to 280 million gallons of unregulated water each year.
The Midland Exemption allows certain municipalities to be exempt from regulation by water conservation districts in the production and use of groundwater.
The exemption has kept Marfa independent complete regulation under the Presidio County Underground Water Conservation District (P.C.U.W.C.D.).
However, both the P.C.U.W.C.D. and Presidio County leaders have pushed to remove the exemption from Marfa.
In order to officially remove the exemption, Marfa officials, Presidio County leaders and the P.C.U.W.C.D. would all have to ask state lawmakers to draft a local and consent agenda.
If the motion is passed in the Texas Legislature, the exemption can be removed.