Water Conservation Plans

Water Conservation Plan (New Users)

Water Conservation Plan (Registered Users)

The purpose of a Water Conservation Plan is to ensure water use efficiency within your operation. The Water Conservation Plan is a strategy or combination of strategies for reducing the consumption of water, reducing the loss or waste of water, improving or maintaining the efficiency in the use of water, or increasing recycling and reuse of water. It contains best management practice measures to try to meet the targets and goals identified within the plan.The effectiveness of your water conservation plan is in the implementation of your water conservation program. Reviewing your program annually will help to evaluate program successes and needs. The water conservation plan, including targets and goals, must be revised every 5 years.

Do I have to submit a Water Conservation Plan?

There are three instances when a water conservation plan should be submitted to the TWDB:

  • Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) rules require that entities that are applying for or receiving financial assistance of more than $500,000, to develop, submit, and implement a water conservation program for the life of the loan and report annually on the progress of the program. More information can be found at TWDB Rules for Water Conservation Plans (Chapter 363). (The links to these rules change periodically, so please scroll down to Chapter 363, Financial Assistance Programs and look for Sections 363.15 and 363.71 in the document.)
  • In 2007, the 80th Texas Legislature amended Section 13.146 of the Texas Water Code to require each retail public utility that provides potable water service to 3,300 or more connections to submit a water conservation plan to the TWDB. The plans were due on May 1, 2009. The code also requires the plan to be reviewed and updated once every five years thereafter and for the entity to report annually on the progress of program implementation. The Water Conservation Rules for entities with 3,300 or more connections can be found here.
  • An entity with surface water rights may be required to submit a water conservation plan to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for approval if certain conditions exist. More information can be found here.
  • Each entity that is required to submit a water conservation plan to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) should also submit a copy of the plan to the TWDB and report annually to the TWDB on the entity's progress in implementing their plan.

How to prepare your Water Conservation Plan

Your Water Conservation Plan should contain all the components listed in the Water Conservation Plan Checklist (TWDB Form -1968). Some of those key components are:

  • Utility Profile (please complete online – see Utility Profile page)
  • Drought Contingency Plan
  • Table for 5-year and 10-year targets and goals and a schedule for achieving those targets and goals (please complete online – see below for instructions)
  • A water rate structure which is cost-based and which does not encourage the excessive use of water
  • Long-term elements such as ongoing public education activities, universal metering, water accounting and water savings from reuse/recycling activities, leak detection and repair, and other conservation activities
  • A method for implementing the plan and tracking progress on implementation.
  • Please note that an entity with surface water rights that is required to have a water conservation plan by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality may have additional requirements.

How to Access the Water Conservation Application


In order to be able to complete your targets and goals table and upload your Water Conservation plan, you must first request access to the Water Conservation application. 
If you have previously completed a Water Use Survey or a Water Loss Audit online, you may use your existing log-in credentials to access the Loss, Use and Conservation home page, where you can then request access to the Water Conservation application. Click on the Registered User link at the top of the page to start the process. Once access is approved by TWDB staff you will receive a confirmation by email.
If you have not previously registered online, you must do so before you can access the Water Conservation application. The New User link at the top of the page will direct you to the appropriate page. Once you have created a username and password, you may use the Registered User link to request access to the application.  Once access is approved by TWDB staff you will receive a confirmation by email.
For additional information please contact TWDB's Municipal Water Conservation division at wcpteam@twdb.texas.gov or by phone at 512-463-7988.

Tools to assist you in developing your Water Conservation Plan

If your entity is required to submit a WCP to the TWDB or the TCEQ, then you must also file a Conservation Plan Annual Report to the TWDB on the entity's progress of program implementation for your water conservation plan.

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