Conservation Plans FAQs | Texas Water Development Board

FAQs for Water Conservation Plans

1. Is my utility required to have a water conservation plan?

There are three instances when a utility or water supply is required to develop and implement a water conservation plan. They are: when requesting financial assistance greater than $500,000, when associated with a surface water right (TCEQ), or if the utility has greater than 3,300 connections.

2. If I am not required to have a water conservation plan, is there a benefit to developing one just for my own use?

Of course! Many utilities find having a conservation plan can help assist with meeting long term water needs through promoting water use efficiency and public information and outreach.

3. What should a water conservation plan contain?

The Water conservation Plan Checklist outlines the components required to be addressed in your water conservation plan. The WCP Tutorial provides additional step by step guidance on how to develop a water conservation plan.

4. What is a Utility Profile?

The Utility Profile provides an overview of your utility, including water use characteristics and can assist you in identifying opportunities for water conservation.

5. What happens if I do not meet my targets and goals included in my plan?

Targets and goals are just that, something to strive towards. The annual water conservation report provides the utility the opportunity to track and evaluate their conservation program and make changes as necessary. The conservation plans need to be reviewed and revised every five years, as targets and goals can be adjusted then.

6. What is the difference between a water conservation plan and a drought contingency plan?

Your water conservation plan should address water use efficiency and long-term water use. Your drought plan should address meeting a short-term need due to climatic or emergency conditions.

7. Who can I contact for help with developing a water conservation plan?

You can contact us at 512-463-7955 or at wcpteam@twdb.texas.gov.

FAQs for Annual Reports on Water Conservation Plans

1. Is my utility required to submit an annual report on status of my water conservation plan?

Any entity required to develop and implement a water conservation plan by the state is required to submit an annual water conservation report.

If so, why? The annual water conservation report provides the utility the opportunity to track and evaluate their conservation program and make changes as necessary.

2. Why can't TWDB combine this report with the annual water use survey and have only one form?

While all retail water suppliers in Texas are required to submit a water use survey, not all retail water suppliers in Texas are required to submit an annual water conservation plan report. However, recent enhancements to the reporting process mean that data entered in the water use survey and water loss audit that are common to the annual report will be pre-populated to avoid duplication of effort and provide improved consistency of data.

3. Does the TWDB have an example report for my review?

We can provide an example of an annual water conservation plan report to you. Contact us at wcpteam@twdb.texas.gov.

4. How do I submit my annual report?

Your conservation annual report should be completed online. To access your annual report, follow these instructions Accessing the Annual Report.

5. Last year's reported total gpcd increased due to drought or new businesses. How do I show that I am actually implementing conservation activities?

We realize that water use can vary from year to year due to many different situation. That is way it is important to track long-term trends in water use and gpcd. Section Two of the report form allows you to provide some additional information.

6. What if I am not implementing some of the conservation activities listed in my plan?

Again, Section Two of the report form allows you to provide some additional information.

7. Who can I contact for help with developing an annual report?

You can contact us at 512-463-7955 or at wcpteam@twdb.texas.gov.

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