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Oil and Gas Facilities: Water Compliance Information

Water compliance tools for oil and gas facilities in Texas.


Water Compliance Information

  • Water Rights–Any activity intending to divert, impound, take or use surface water, or begin construction for the above-listed activities must be permitted by the TCEQ prior to commencement.
  • Temporary water rights – May not be granted in river basins that are affected by drought. There are two categories of temporary water rights, those requesting 10 acre-feet or less for one year or less and those requesting more than 10 acre-feet per year for no more than 3 years.
    • Applications for temporary water use permits requesting more than 10 acre-feet of water per year, or requesting more than one calendar year for diversions, should be submitted to the Water Rights Permitting Team. The application form (TCEQ-10202) can be found here: (Word or PDF)

    • You could also apply for a perpetual or term permit (usually limited to a 10-year term). See the Am I Regulated? Water Rights in Texas for more information:

    • If you have questions about your temporary water use permit, you can contact the Water Rights Permitting Team at 512.239.4691 or email wras@tceq.texas.gov

  • Groundwater – Texas groundwater is managed by regional Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs). Maps, facts, and contact information can be found on the TCEQ GCD webpage and the Texas Water Development GCD webpage. Exit the TCEQ The Texas Groundwater Protection Committee has several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on GCDs Exit the TCEQ (listed under the Administrative Entities heading) and additional information on Oil, Gas & Mining. Exit the TCEQ

  • Dam Safety–When a person proposes to conduct certain activities near a dam, the owner of the dam or our executive director may request that the person have a professional engineer perform an evaluation to determine if the integrity of the dam would be compromised.

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Where can I find more information and assistance?

The TCEQ's Small Business and Local Government Assistance Section offers free, confidential help to small businesses and local governments working to comply with state environmental regulations. Call us at 800-447-2827 or visit our Web page at TexasEnviroHelp.org.