City of Seminole: An Integrated Wind-Water Desalination Demonstration Project for an Inland Municipality

Project Summary:

The City of Seminole proposes to desalinate brackish water from the Dockum Aquifer in Gaines County using wind-powered energy. The treated water will be integrated with the city's existing water treatment and distribution system for municipal use.

TWDB Contract Manager:
Sanjeev Kalaswad
Funding Recipient:
City of Seminole
Project Administrator:
Dr. Ken Rainwater, Texas Tech University
Texas Department of Rural Affairs; now the Texas Department of Agriculture (Austin, TX), Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas), Entegrity Wind Systems, Inc. (Boulder, Colorado), Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc. (Lubbock, Texas), A & J Howco Services, Inc (Lubbock, Texas)
Project Start Date:
April 29, 2008
Project Completion Date:
August 31, 2014
Total Project Cost:
TWDB Share of Project Cost:
The Dockum Aquifer covers a large area of the Texas Panhandle and if it proves to be a reliable source of brackish water that can be desalinated economically, other entities in the area can begin to explore it for their own use. This will reduce stress on the overlying Ogallala Aquifer where water levels are declining, and concern is growing about the longevity of the aquifer.

Project Details


Project Sponsors:

Texas Water Development Board
Dr. Sanjeev Kalaswad - Contract Manager
1700 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

Texas Department of Agriculture
Mr. Travis Brown - Renewable Energy Program Manager
1700 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

Funding Recipient:

City of Seminole
Mr. Tommy Phillips - City Administrator
302 South Main
Seminole, Texas 79360

Project Manager:

Texas Tech University
Dr. Ken Rainwater
Director, Water Resources Center
P.O. Box 41023
Lubbock, TX 79409-1023

Project Contributor:

Entegrity Wind Systems, Inc.
4855 Riverbend Rd. Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80301

Project Consultants:

Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.
John Kelley
4222 85th Street
Lubbock, TX 79423

A & J Howco Services, Inc.
Ms. Kay Howard
5714 - 40th Street
P.O. Box 64780
Lubbock, TX 79464-4780

Project Milestones

Event Date
Announcement of Request for Proposals in Texas Register October 23, 2007
Initial Statement of Interest received by TWDB February 29, 2008
Study approved by TWDB Board April 29, 2007
Contract executed March 3, 2009

Progress Reports

Technical Reports

Final Report


Courtesy of Dr. Ken Rainwater, June/July 2011