Water Conservation Best Management Practices
The resources that you have before you are a result of the work of Texas citizens with expertise in water conservation. Best Management Practices (BMPs) are a menu of options for which entities within a water use sector can choose to implement in order to achieve benchmarks and goals through water conservation. Best management practices are voluntary efficiency measures that are intended to save a quantifiable amount of water, either directly or indirectly, and can be implemented within a specified timeframe.
Implementation of water conservation programs throughout Texas has resulted in a body of knowledge though which best management practices have been adopted. These BMPs are structured for delivering a conservation measure or series of measures that is useful, proven, cost-effective, and generally accepted among conservation experts.
In Texas, water conservation BMPs are designed to fit into the State's water resource planning process as one alternative to meet future water needs. Each BMP structure has several elements that describe the efficiency measures, implementation techniques, schedule of implementation, scope, water savings estimating procedures, cost effectiveness considerations, and references to assist end-users in implementation.
As part of an ongoing effort the Texas Water Development Board and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality continue to work closely with the Water Conservation Advisory Council and interested stakeholders to review and update these resources. If you are interested in participating in that process please follow the bmp development activities here.
Best Management Practices Guides
Browse the following menu of resources to access complete best management practices guides or to download individual practices.
The best management practices identified in the guides are offered to the state's regional water planning groups, water providers, and water users as a tool for planning and designing effective water conservation programs. During the regional water planning process these practices can be evaluated for potential water savings and cost effectiveness. The objectives of these best management practices is to identify information about the elements of successful conservation programs, good cost estimates, and reliable water savings estimates for use in water resource planning.
Best management practices for agricultural water users are combinations of site-specific management, educational, and physical practices that have proven to be effective and are economical for conserving water. These developed practices focus on helping agricultural producers and irrigation districts to improve water use efficiency. These agricultural best practices provide a means of measuring the success of agricultural water conservation programs, their costs, and schedules of implementation.
The commercial sectors represent a major component of the Texas economy and our institutions form the backbone of the necessary services to make the economy work. These best management practices and technologies have been identified for the commercial and institutional sectors to help reduce water and wastewater costs while improving water use efficiency. A systematic approach should be used when examining water use and evaluating the application of BMPs.
For many industrial water users in Texas, water is an integral part of a product or a process. Best management practices for industrial water users are a combination of proven management and physical practices that a water user can use to achieve efficient and economical conservation of water.
Water supplied by water utilities to serve municipal water customers is driven by a wide variety of domestic, commercial, industrial and institutional needs. It is important that water utilities focus on the efficiency of their supply operations while promoting water efficiency to their customers. Best management practices have been developed for utilities to both improve water use efficiency of their own operations and for programs to improve the efficiency of their customers.
These best management practices are a resource for wholesale wate rproviders that supply potable water to their wholesale utility customers. Wholesale providers can work in cooperation with their wholesale customers to identify and remove potential disincentives to conservation that are created by water management policies. These practices provide more detail on how a wholesale agency can focus efforts on customer assistance programs, technical assistance and outreach, and incentivized rate structures.