BONHAM, Texas (KTEN) — Fannin County Commissioners discussed plans to address the future of the county's drinking water supply.

County Judge Newt Cunningham said the county is experiencing some issues now that could develop into long-term problems in 10 to 20 years.

"Our wells are becoming salty, and as they become salty, they become non-potable," Cunningham said.  "We are not going to be able to drink well water in probably 10 to 20 years."

Precinct 4 Commissioner Doug Kopf said another issue to contend with is that smaller utilities can't increase their water supply. 

"Some of the smaller water supply agencies which are privately owned, and they're maxed out, and they can't add meters," Kopf said. "We have folks buy land and they think they can build a house, and they can't get a meter."

There are two new reservoirs in the county. The North Texas Municipal Water District owns Bois d'Arc Lake and Upper Trinity Regional Water District owns Lake Ralph Hall. Both lakes supply water to the Dallas metropolitan area.

"We do have a memorandum of agreement that we can buy water from them, but we have to ship it back up here, so that's a big issue," Kopf said.

Cunningham believes the county needs to cooperate with both major suppliers.

"The big water districts that have the two lakes in the area — Ralph Hall and Bois d'Arc Lake — and make certain that those resources, at least in part, will be available for the county," Cunningham said. "I think we are going to end up buying water from them."