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Texas Water Development Board approves the 2021 Regional Water Plans

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January 19, 2021

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AUSTIN – (January 19, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved the 2021 Regional Water Plans, which will form the basis of the 2022 State Water Plan.

The regional water plans were developed by the state’s 16 regional water planning groups to identify strategies and projects to meet the state’s future water needs during a repeat of drought of record conditions in the next 50 years. During the five-year planning cycle, the planning groups evaluated population and water demand projections, water supplies, and water needs in their regions through 2070.

The 2021 plans complete the fifth cycle of the regional water planning process that was created by the Texas Legislature in 1997. Approved plans are available on the TWDB website.

The TWDB produces a new state water plan every five years and will submit the 2022 State Water Plan to the governor, lieutenant governor, and the Texas Legislature by January 2022.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $5,860,000 to the City of Riesel (McLennan County) for water system improvements

AUSTIN – (January 19, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $5,860,000, consisting of a $5,360,000 loan and $500,000 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, to the City of Riesel (McLennan County). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, acquisition, design, and construction costs associated with water system improvements.

In addition to the loan forgiveness, the City could save approximately $3,200,000 over the life of the loan by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

With the assistance approved today, the City will supplement its water supply by drilling a new well and installing a new pump station, ground storage tanks, and other equipment. In addition, the City will develop an asset management plan.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.