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Texas Drought Information

Large sections of the state are experiencing exceptional or extreme drought. These prolonged, dry conditions put a strain on water supplies for all uses. Here is information to help you make better decisions about water use, including surface and groundwater regulations, and emergency procedures.


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Drought and Public Water Systems

Emergency Management for Public Water Systems

Water Rights

Active Priority Calls on Surface Water Rights

  • There are no active priority calls at this time.

Priority Calls No Longer in Effect

E-mail and Text Alerts

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How the TCEQ Responds during Drought

  • Consults public water systems regarding implementation of drought implementation plans and specific needs as they arise
  • Tracks public drinking water systems under water use restrictions—both voluntary and mandatory
  • Tracks and manages water-right draws of surface water
  • Conducts training in TCEQ regional offices to equip inspectors in non-watermaster areas to measure and monitor surface water flows and to ensure the senior water-right priority calls are honored and respected by protecting the flow of water
  • Staffs drought information hot line during business hours to answer questions from the public: 800-447-2827
  • Enhances this Web page to cover a wide range of drought-related topics
  • Conducts weekly meetings across programs to provide updates, monitor status and forecasts, and address concerns
  • Sends targeted news releases in areas where water rights have been curtailed to provide information and encourage conservation
  • Actively participates with other state agencies on Joint Information Council and Drought Preparedness Taskforce

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