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.
2019 Meeting Announcements
- 2020 Annual Conference, South Central Membrane Association, August, 2020, San Antonio, TX
- Texas Desal 2020, September 2020, Austin, TX
- 2020 Texas Groundwater Summit, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, September 1-3, 2020
Recent TWDB Legislative Reports
Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas General Land Office, Marine Seawater Desalination Diversion and Discharge Zones Study, September 2018.
Worth Its Salt:a column spotlighting desalination plants
Recent TWDB-Funded Project Reports
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