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Water Conservation Plans and Reports

Who must prepare a water conservation plan, deadlines, requirements, and forms.

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 UsersWhat to Send and Who to Send it toDeadlines
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
1The previous deadline was May 1, 2014.

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 Exit the TCEQ and the TWDB Report 362 Acrobat version of implementation report form for public water suppliers (TCEQ-20646)Exit the TCEQ. The practices are broken out into sectors such as Agriculture, Commercial and Institutional, Industrial, Municipal and Wholesale.

Guidance and Methodology for Reporting on Water Conservation and Water Use Acrobat version of implementation report form for public water suppliers (TCEQ-20646)

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

Rules on minimum requirements for Water Conservation Plans: 30 TAC 288 Exit the TCEQ

Rules for applying for or amending an existing water right: 30 TAC 295.9 Exit the TCEQ

Submissions to the TCEQ

Submit water conservation plans and implementation reports electronically by emailing them to wcp@tceq.texas.gov 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. Exit the TCEQ

Water Conservation Plan Forms

Need a hard copy of a form? Call 512-239-4691 or email us at wras@tceq.texas.gov.

Municipal Water Use by Public Water Supplier

  • Form TCEQ-10218 Microsoft Word version of municipal water use by pubic water supplier (TCEQ-10218)

Wholesale Public Water Suppliers

  • TCEQ-20162 Microsoft Word version of municipal water use by public water suppliers form for wholesale public water suppliers (TCEQ-20162)

Industrial and Mining Use

  • TCEQ-10213 Microsoft Word version of form for industrial and mining use (TCEQ-10213)

Agricultural Uses

  • Agriculture Non-Irrigation (TCEQ-10541) Microsoft Word version of agricultural uses form for agriculture non-irrigation (TCEQ-10541)
  • Individually-Operated Irrigation System (TCEQ-10238) Microsoft Word version of agricultural uses form for individually-operated irrigation system (TCEQ-10238)
  • Agricultural Water Suppliers Providing Water to More Than One User (TCEQ-10244) Microsoft Word version of agricultural uses forms for agricultural uses forms for agricultural uses form for agricultural water suppliers providing water to more than one user (TCEQ-10244)

Implementation Report Forms

  • Public Water Suppliers (TCEQ-20646) Microsoft Word version of implementation report form for public water suppliers (TCEQ-20646)
  • Non Public Water Suppliers (TCEQ-20645) Microsoft Word version of implementation report forms for non public water suppliers (TCEQ-20645)