Water Loss Audits and Updated Water Conservation Plans Due

H.B. 857, passed during the 2013 legislative session, requires retail water suppliers with more than 3,300 connections to submit an annual water loss audit to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). The purpose of the water loss audit is to compute the amount of the utility’s water loss during the preceding year. This initial audit is due to the TWDB on May 1, 2014. 

In addition, state law requires each retail public utility that provides potable water service to 3,300 or more connections must submit a water conservation plan to the TWDB and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). City water utilities meeting the connection requirement were first required to submit a water conservation plan on May 1, 2009. A utility must review and update its plan at least once every five years, meaning that if it has not already done so, a utility that is required to have a water conservation plan must also submit a revised plan to the TWDB and TCEQ by May 1, 2014.

For additional information and guidance on the water loss audit, please visit: https://www.twdb.texas.gov/conservation/municipal/waterloss/index.asp

More information on the water conservation plan, including information on targets and goals to be included in a water conservation plan, can be found here: https://www.twdb.texas.gov/conservation/municipal/plans/index.asp


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