Midland has plenty of water right now. This plan is just to ensure that 50 years into the future, there won't be a water crisis.
Engineers will be sent to Midland to evaluate the area to decide what the city's needs are and what resources they have available to the other cities. This process will take around 6 to 9 months to complete.
Mayor Wes Perry says this will keep the water cost at a minimum.
"We are looking at options for midland that provide a long term supply at a reasonable cost and that's what we're trying to do with this," said Perry. "Think about resources other communities have, be it Abilene and San Angelo, and what Midland has and then seeing if there's some ways we can work together. So at the end of he day we hope our citizens in each one of our communities get to have long-term supplies at a lower cost then what they would be able to do themselves. "
Midland does have a lot of ground water which is very valuable. The city could conceivably share this resource with the other cities in the compact.
The cost of all of this compact will be split equally among the 3 cities. They plan on meeting April to discuss things further and hopefully start the evaluation process.