TWDB Seeks Input on Water Conservation Strategies

Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) conservation staff is currently soliciting suggestions for the development of a future Request for Applications that will advance municipal water conservation strategies and projects in the regional and state water plans.

In 2015, the Texas Legislature directed the TWDB to use funds to measure water conservation activities statewide to ensure that municipal water conservation strategies can be quantified and included in the state water plan to meet future needs. To fulfill this directive, the TWDB contracted with Averitt and Associates, Inc. with the end product being the “Statewide Water Conservation Quantification Project.”

The project included 170 water utilities that have a current conservation plan, projected water needs in 2020 or 2030, and a recommended municipal water conservation water management strategy in the 2017 State Water Plan. For each of these utilities, the Averitt and Associates staff quantified the water savings of current conservation activities and compared the future quantified savings with the recommended conservation water management strategy volumes, as well as the five-year and 10-year goals in the utilities’ conservation plans.

The final project report is now posted online on the TWDB Water Conservation web page, under the “What’s New” section. In addition, presentation slides summarizing the report are available.

Recognizing the importance of water conservation and the planning for such activities, the legislature again in 2017 provided funds for the TWDB to continue its conservation efforts. TWDB staff is now soliciting input from stakeholders on how to support quantifiable municipal water conservation strategies and projects in the current and future state water plans. The Request for Applications is anticipated to be posted in early 2018.

If your city has any suggestions regarding how the TWDB might bridge the conservation activity planning of utilities and the regional and state water plans, please send your suggestions to Kevin Kluge at kevin.kluge@twdb.texas.gov by December 29.

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