Desalination

In April 2002, Governor Rick Perry tasked the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) with developing a proposal to build Texas' very first large-scale seawater desalination plant to produce drinking water. The following year, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1370 directing the agency to undertake or participate in research, feasibility and facility planning studies, investigations, and surveys as needed to advance the development of cost-effective water supplies from seawater desalination in the state. TWDB has expanded its scope of desalination activities to include brackish groundwater, an abundant source of water supply in many areas of the state.

2016 Meeting Announcements


Worth Its Salt:a column spotlighting desalination plants

San Antonio Water System's H20aks Center

Southmost Regional Water Authority Brackish Groundwater Treatment Facility

Recent TWDB Legislative Reports

The Future of Desalination in Texas: 2016 Biennial Report on Seawater and Groundwater Desalination

  • Developing Practical Alternatives to Pilot Plant Studies, 2014

Recent TWDB-Funded Project Reports

Developing Practical Alternatives to Pilot Plant Studies, 2014

Developing Practical Alternatives to Pilot Plant Studies, 2014

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