Water Conservation Plans and Reports
If you are applying for a new water right or an amendment to an existing water right you may be required to prepare and implement a water conservation plan, and submit it with your application. (30 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 295.9) The plan must meet all minimum requirements contained in 30 TAC 288.
In addition to water right applicants, the following types of water users are required to develop, implement and submit water conservation plans and submit implementation reports:
Reports and Plans by Type of User
|Surface Water Right Users||What to Send and Who to Send it to||Deadlines|
|1,000 acre-feet for municipal, industrial, and other non-irrigation uses||Submit a water conservation plan and implementation report to the TCEQ
Provide a copy of the conservation plan to the Texas Water Development Board
|Submit your first revision by May 1, 20191, and again every five years to coincide with the regional water planning process
Submit revised plans within 90 days of adoption
Submit copy to TWDB by May 1, 20191
|10,000 acre-feet for irrigation uses||Same as above||Same as above|
|Retail public water supplier providing service to ≥3,300 connections||Submit a water conservation plan to the TWDB||Submit by May 1, 20191 and again every five years to coincide with the regional water planning process|
|All water right users above||If you submit a water conservation plan to the TCEQ or the TWDB, file an annual report to the TWDB||Submit by May 1st every year|
Guidance for Conserving and Reporting on Water Use
Water Conservation Best Management Practices
Water users may find best management practices at the Texas Water Development Board's website and the TWDB Report 362 . The practices are broken out into sectors such as Agriculture, Commercial and Institutional, Industrial, Municipal and Wholesale.
Retail water providers and other water use sectors may use this guide to calculate water use and conservation, and to prepare water use reports, water conservation plans, and reports on water conservation efforts.
This uniform and consistent methodology and guidance was developed by the TWDB and the TCEQ, in consultation with the Water Conservation Advisory Council.
Rules for applying for or amending an existing water right: 30 TAC 295.9
Submissions to the TCEQ
Submit water conservation plans and implementation reports electronically by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to the following address:
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Resource Protection Team
P.O. Box 13087 MC-160
Austin, Texas 78711-3087
Submissions to Texas Water Development Board
Mail water conservation plans and annual reports to the TWDB at the following address:
Texas Water Development Board
1700 North Congress Avenue P.O. Box 13231
Austin, Texas 78711-3231
For additional information see the TWDB Conservation Web page.
Water Conservation Plan Forms
Need a hard copy of a form? Call 512-239-4691 or email us at email@example.com.
Municipal Water Use by Public Water Supplier
- Form TCEQ-10218
Wholesale Public Water Suppliers
Industrial and Mining Use
- Agriculture Non-Irrigation (TCEQ-10541)
- Individually-Operated Irrigation System (TCEQ-10238)
- Agricultural Water Suppliers Providing Water to More Than One User (TCEQ-10244)