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Lawmakers resume study on Okla. water needs


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)--Water officials say demand for water in Oklahoma will increase by more than 30 percent over the next 50 years, driven in large part by a growing need of cities and the agriculture, oil and gas industries.

The director of planning for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board briefed lawmakers Wednesday on some of the technical data included in a statewide water plan that will be released in October.

The Joint Legislative Water Committee, which includes lawmakers from the House and Senate, are charged with developing long-term water policies for Oklahoma. Among the issues they will study is whether water from southeast Oklahoma could be sold to other communities, including some in north Texas.

The idea of selling water faces bitter opposition, particularly from lawmakers in southeast Oklahoma.

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