May 2016, Vol. 71 No. 5


Texas Water Development Board adopts 2017 State Water Plan

On May 19, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) unanimously voted to adopt the 2017 State Water Plan.

Conservation strategies are by far the most frequently recommended strategy in the plan, accounting for over one quarter of strategy supplies in 2070.

The capital costs associated with implementing the 2017 State Water Plan are $62.6 billion, with water providers estimating they will need about $36.1 billion in state assistance. Projects included in the 2017 State Water Plan are eligible to apply for the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT), the TWDB’s loan program specifically created for projects in the state water plan.

The TWDB produces a new state water plan every five years. The plan is based on 16 regional water plans developed by regional water planning groups. The 2017 State Water Plan will be submitted to the governor, lieutenant governor, and the Texas Legislature by January 2017.

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