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Drought Contingency Plans

Who must prepare a drought contingency plan, deadlines, requirements and forms.

Requirements and Deadlines

If you are applying for a new water right or an amendment to an existing water right, you may be required to submit and implement a drought contingency plan with your application. For more information, see Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 295.9.

In addition to water right applicants, the following existing water right holders are required to develop, implement, and submit drought contingency plans to the TCEQ every five years:

Types of Water User and Deadlines

EntityImportant Dates
Retail public water supplier with ≥3,300 connections Submit the next revision by May 1, 20191

Resubmit revisions every 5 years thereafter to coincide with the regional planning group process

New or revised plans must be adopted by your governing body and submited within 90 days of adoption
Wholesale public water supplier
Irrigation district
1Prior deadline was May 1, 2014

Plans must comply with 30 TAC 288(b).

For questions call 512-230-4691 or email wras.tceq.texas.gov.

Where to Submit Your Plan

Submit your plans electronically by e-mail to wcp@tceq.texas.gov or mail to the following address:

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Water Availability Division
Resource Protection Team
P.O. Box 13087 MC-160
Austin, Texas 78711-3087


Other Types of Water Users

In addition, the following water users are required to prepare and implement a drought contingency plan:

Retail Public Water Suppliers Serving ≤3,300 Connections

Have an adopted drought contingency plan available for inspection upon request.

Investor-Owned Utilities or Privately-Owned Water Suppliers

  • amend a drought contingency plan into your tariff
  • submit the plan and a letter to the Public Utilities Commission requesting a tariff amendment

Questions? Contact the PUC at water@puc.texas.gov.


Rules

Rules on minimum requirements for drought contingency plan: 30 TAC 288, Subchapter B Exit the TCEQ

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


Model Drought Contingency Plan Forms

The TCEQ has prepared models as examples to help you prepare your plan. You can use the model plan to fill in your pertinent information. For a print copy call 512-239-4691, or e-mail wras@tceq.texas.gov.

  • For retail public water suppliers (TCEQ-20191) Microsoft Word version of model drought contingency plan for the investor owned utility (TCEQ-20191) or Adobe Acrobat PDF version of model drouhgt contingency plan for the investor owned utility (TCEQ-20191)
  • For wholesale public water suppliers (TCEQ-20193) Microsoft Word version of model drought contingency plan for the investor owned utility (TCEQ-20193) or Adobe Acrobat PDF version of model drouht contingency plan for the investor owned utility (TCEQ-20193)
  • For irrigation districts (TCEQ-20192) Microsoft Word version of model drought contingency plan for irrigation districts (TCEQ-20192) or Adobe Acrobat PDF version of model drought contingency plan for irrigation districts (TCEQ-20192)
  • For the investor owned utility (TCEQ-20189) Microsoft Word version of model drought contingency plan for the investor owned utility (TCEQ-20189) or Adobe Acrobat PDF version of model drouht contingency plan for the investor owned utility (TCEQ-20189)
  • For the water supply corporation (TCEQ-20187) Microsoft Word version of model drought contingency plan for the water supply corporation (TCEQ-20187) or Adobe Acrobat PDF version of model drouht contingency plan for the water supply corporation (TCEQ-20187)