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Texas Drought Information

Large sections of the state are recovering from exceptional or extreme drought. Weather patterns and demand on supplies vary dramatically across the state. 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Priority Calls No Longer in Effect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

Other Resources



Drought Impact on Texas Surface Water
Posted December 1, 2016  Updated Information


PWS Drought Contingency Plan Reporting Form
Public water systems should use the current stage of their drought contingency plan.

Emergency Planning Workshops for Public Utility Operators

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News Releases


More TCEQ news releases