Water Reuse Facts

  • The regional water planning groups in Texas estimated that existing supply from water reuse is projected to produce about 723,000 acre-feet of water per year by 2070, constituting a 28 percent increase. The increase in reuse existing supply is primarily due to an increase in wastewater flows associated with an increasing population and the capacity of existing reuse facilities.
  • Fourteen of the sixteen regional water planning groups (exceptions are regions A and P) have recommended water reuse as a water management strategy in the 2017 State Water Plan.
  • Reuse will account for about 13 percent (1,107,000 acre-feet) of all new water supplies in 2070 if all reuse recommended water management strategies are fully implemented.
    • Direct potable reuse: 87,000 acre-feet per year (1.0 % of all new water supplies)
    • Indirect reuse: 649,000 acre-feet per year (7.6% of all new water supplies)
    • Other direct reuse: 371,000 acre-feet per year (4.4 % of all new supplies)

NOTE: All information from summaries of 2017 State Water Plan.