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.
2023 Meeting Announcements
- 2023 Annual Conference & Expo, South Central Membrane Association, August 23-25, 2023, Forth Worth, TX
- Texas Desal 2023, Texas Desal Association, September 27-29, 2023, El Paso, TX
- 2023 Texas Groundwater Summit, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, September 2023, San Antonio, TX
Recent TWDB Legislative Reports
Desalination Plant Database
Desalination in the interactive 2022 State Water Plan
TWDB-Funded Project Reports
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