Concho River Watermaster Program
About the Concho River Watermaster Program
The Concho River Watermaster Program was established by House Bill 2815, passed in the Regular Session, 79th Legislature, 2005. This legislation added Subchapter K to Chapter 11 of the Texas Water Code.
The Concho River Watermaster Program is responsible for an area that encompasses 8 counties in west Texas. Two field deputies patrol these counties from an office located in San Angelo. Water-right management is based on “run of the river rights.” That means the deputies oversee a constantly changing, dynamic surface-water system of rivers and tributaries that allow diversions as water is available and as it passes individual diversion points.
The watermaster program informs individuals and groups as needed concerning water rights and other matters related to availability of surface water. The program also responds to complaints and may follow up with enforcement actions if necessary.
Deputies also provide services such as measuring reservoirs to insure compliance with state law. They perform Doppler flow measurements on water diversion pipes and may set stream-flow markers to help water-right holders comply with guidelines. The watermaster also documents in a database the amount of water that is authorized and used.
The watermaster program also updates and maintains water-right ownerships as well as annual assessments due on each water-right account.
Concho River Watermaster’s Office
Concho River Watermaster
622 South Oakes, Suite K
San Angelo, Texas 76903-7035
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