Water Use Survey


The Texas Water Development Board is legislatively directed to plan for, and to assist financially, the development and management of the water resources of Texas. The usefulness of the TWDB's water planning and funding activities is dependent upon the accuracy and completeness of the information that water users provide. To this end, the TWDB annually collects and maintains accurate information concerning the current use of water and posts the results in various reports as Historical Water Use Estimates.

Water Loss, Use, and Conservation Reports

Submittal Deadlines for Public Water Systems

For Public Water Systems, the reporting of the Water Loss Audit, Water Use Survey, and Annual Water Conservation Report is consolidated into an online application that unifies reporting. The application was developed to streamline data entry and improve data collection and analysis. When the Water Use Survey data is entered and submitted online, certain fields will auto-populate into the Water Loss Audit and Annual Water Conservation Report.

Survey is Required by Law

Texas State Law requires all recipients of the Survey of Ground and Surface Water Use to submit a completed survey. Failure to return a complete survey will result, until the surveys are completed, in ineligibility for TWDB financial assistance and ineligibility to obtain water right permits, amendments or renewals from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Collection of accurate water use data is a vital component in the assessment of conservation initiatives, efforts to address the limited water supplies and facilities in some areas, and to provide for continuing population growth.

Texas Water Code Section 16.012m The executive administrator may conduct surveys of entities using groundwater and surface water for municipal, industrial, power generation, or mining purposes at intervals determined appropriate by the executive administrator to gather data to be used for long-term water supply planning. Recipients of the survey shall complete and return the survey to the executive administrator. A person who fails to timely complete and return the survey is not eligible for funding from the board for board programs and is ineligible to obtain permits, permit amendments, or permit renewals from the commission under Chapter 11. A person who fails to complete and return the survey commits an offense that is punishable as a Class C misdemeanor. This subsection does not apply to survey information regarding windmills used for domestic and livestock use.

Methods Available for Completing the Survey

For questions about Water Use Survey, please contact Water Use Survey Team, (512) 463-7952