The mission of the Publications team at the Texas Water Development Board is to produce professional materials that inform and educate Texans on water-related issues. The Texas Water Development Board freely grants permission to copy and distribute its materials. The agency would appreciate acknowledgment. You may also obtain a hard copy of many of these publications for a small fee (fee covers printing and shipping costs only). To order hard copies of these or other TWDB reports, please call TNRIS at 512-463-8337.

2012 State Water Plan

State Water Plan (2012)

The 2012 State Water Plan was adopted by the Board on December 15, 2011, and sent to the Governor on January 5, 2012.

The primary message of the 2012 State Water Plan is a simple one: In serious drought conditions, Texas does not and will not have enough water to meet the needs of its people, its businesses, and its agricultural enterprises. This plan presents the information regarding the recommended conservation and other types of water management strategies that would be necessary to meet the state's needs in drought conditions, the cost of such strategies, and estimates of the state's financial assistance that would be required to implement these strategies. The plan also presents the sobering news of the economic losses likely to occur if these water supply needs cannot be met. As the state continues to experience rapid growth and declining water supplies, implementation of the plan is crucial to ensure public health, safety, and welfare and economic development in the state.



The TWDB offers a variety of conservation brochures, as well as educational pieces for children.  They are available free of charge to the public in limited amounts, or for sale when larger quantities are requested.

Program Information Sheets

Program Information Sheets

Information sheets covering a variety of water-related topics are available digitally.  Subjects include groundwater, desalination, NFIP, and the TWDB's various grant and loan programs.