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Posted: Jul 20, 2014 8:01 AM

Updated: Jul 20, 2014 8:01 AM

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Hundreds of miles of Texas coastline may offer more than a scenic view in the coming years. One day, it could help solve the state's water woes.

A committee of state lawmakers is studying whether tapping the ocean to turn saltwater to fresh water would alleviate the water shortage. The committee is also evaluating the benefits of building more desalination plants farther inland to filter brackish water.

Currently, the state's 46 major desalination plants provide less than 1 percent of the state's usable water. A multi-billion-dollar state water plan includes proposals to build dozens more in the next half century, including the first ones taking in seawater.

The joint state House and Senate panel will submit a report of its findings before the Legislature meets in January.

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