Water Rights (Texas)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Texas|
|Name||Water Rights (Texas)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Environmental Regulations|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear|
|Program Administrator||Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Water Development Board|
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulates the water rights for the state of Texas. Water and state water may be appropriated, stored, or diverted in the state of Texas for beneficial uses in reasonable amounts, with certain conditions. The Commission issues permits and regulations for water rights in Texas.
Included in beneficial uses are: agricultural and industrial uses; processes designed to convert materials into forms having greater usability and commercial value, including the development of power by means other than hydroelectric; mining and recovery of minerals; and hydroelectric power.
The Texas Water Bank, including the Texas Water Trust, is managed by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). The Bank facilitates the marketing and transfer of water and water rights through the provision of information describing availability and needs for water in the State.
Section 12 of the Water Code describes permit applications for water use in more detail, and section 13 focuses on water rates and services.
|Contact Name||Dan Hardin|
|Department||Texas Water Development Board|
|Division||Water Resources Planning Division|
|Address||1700 N. Congress Ave|
|Contact Name||Ron Ellis|
|Department||Texas Commission on Environmental Quality|
|Division||Water Rights Permitting and Availability Section|
|Address||12100 Park 35 Circle|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Tex. Water Code 11|
|Authority 2:||Tex. Water Code 12|
|Authority 3:||Tex. Water Code 13|
|Authority 4:||Tex. Admin. Code 30-1.295|
|Authority 5:||Tex. Admin. Code 30-1.297|