In April 2002, Governor Rick Perry tasked the 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.

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Location of recommended desalination projects in the 2022 State Water Plan relative to completed brackish aquifer studies and designated Brackish Groundwater Production Zones

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Concentrate Disposal Methods in Texas

2022 Desalination Report

Desalination Plant Database

    TWDB Desalination Plant Database

Desalination in the interactive 2022 State Water Plan

  • Groundwater desalination
  • Seawater desalination
  • Surface water desalination
  • TWDB Reports

    2022 Desalination Report Developing Practical Alternatives to Pilot Plant Studies, 2014

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