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
- 2017 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition, February 13-17, 2017, Long Beach, California
- 2017 Sustainable Water Management, March 19-22, 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana
- 2017 International Symposium on Inorganics, March 21-22, 2017, Detroit, Michigan
- Texas Water 2017, April 10-13, 2017, Austin, Texas
- Brackish Groundwater Technology Transfer Workshop, July 11-13, 2017, Bozeman, Montana
- Membranes: Fundamentals, Focuses, and Future Endeavors, August 23-25, 2017, San Antonio, Texas
Recent TWDB-Funded Project Reports
Worth Its Salt:a column spotlighting desalination plants
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