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BURNET — Fresh approaches including desalinization plants must be found to solve the problem of water supply and distribution in Texas, a state lawmaker told listeners.

“It all boils down to money,” said state Rep. Paul Workman, who advocates desalinization plants to create potable water.

Along with more than 200 public officials and residents from Burnet and Llano counties, the Austin Republican attended the Jan. 26 water-issues workshop in Burnet at the Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St.

PHOTO: A panel of experts answered questions during the Jan. 26 water-issues workshop hosted by the Burnet County Commissioners and the Central Texas Water Coalition in Burnet. The panel included (left to right) Ruben Solis and Dr. Dan Hardin from the Texas Water Development Board; James Kowis, Lower Colorado River Authority; Kellye Rila, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Dr. Barney Austin, Intera Inc.; and Elston Eckhardt and Jerry Cotter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Staff photo by Raymond V. Whelan.