Drought Contingency Plans
- Requirements, Deadlines
- Where to Submit Your Plan
- Other Water Users
- Drought Contingency Plan 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
|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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Rules on minimum requirements for drought contingency plan: 30 TAC 288, Subchapter B
Rules on applying for or amending an existing water right: 30 TAC 295.9
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.