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Texas Water Development Board adopts 2022 State Water Plan

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July 7, 2021

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Texas Water Development Board adopts 2022 State Water Plan

AUSTIN – (July 7, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today unanimously voted to adopt the 2022 State Water Plan.

“Adopting this new state water plan is a tremendous accomplishment for Texas,” said TWDB Chairwoman Brooke Paup. “The plan provides a clear and credible path to address the state’s long-term water needs while protecting its growing economy and population. It would not be possible without the support and dedication of the regional water planning group members, agencies and organizations, and other stakeholders that offered their time and input to make this bottom-up planning process successful.”

The plan projects a 73 percent population increase over the next 50 years, from 29.7 million in 2020 to 51.5 million in 2070. Along with that growth comes a projected 9 percent increase in total water demand. Texas’ existing water supplies—those that can already be relied on during drought—are projected to decline 18 percent during this time.

To meet potential water shortages during a drought of record, the 2022 State Water Plan contains 5,800 strategies, such as conservation and reuse, which together make up nearly 50 percent of strategy volumes; aquifer storage and recovery; brackish groundwater and seawater desalination; and surface water strategies. The estimated capital cost of implementing the 2022 plan is approximately $80 billion, and water providers anticipate needing $47 billion of that in state assistance.

“The TWDB has already committed almost $9 billion in financing for State Water Plan projects through the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas program,” said TWDB Board Member Kathleen Jackson. “This is a testament to the credibility of the entire state water planning process and communities’ active involvement in ensuring future generations have the water they need.”

If Texas does not implement the water supply strategies and projects in the State Water Plan, a severe drought could cause $110 billion of economic damages in the immediate future, increasing to $153 billion per year by 2070.

The TWDB produces a new state water plan every five years based on 16 regional water plans developed by regional water planning groups. Adoption of the 2022 plan marks the fifth state water plan created under Texas’ widely recognized regional water planning process. The 2022 State Water Plan is now available on the TWDB website and will be submitted to the governor, lieutenant governor, and the Texas Legislature by January 2022.

Additionally, the Interactive 2022 State Water Plan is available on the TWDB website. This site enables users to take an in-depth look at the 2022 State Water Plan data, projects, and strategies to see how water needs change over time, with filter options that allow viewing statewide details down to the water user level.

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 today approved financial assistance totaling $41,566,157 for water, wastewater, and flood projects

AUSTIN – (July 7, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $41,566,157 for water, wastewater, and flood projects.

  • $5,001,157 to the City of Wharton (Wharton County) for a drainage improvement project

  • $1,000,000 to the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (Armstrong, Carson, Donley, Gray, Hutchinson, Potter, Roberts, and Wheeler counties) for an agricultural water conservation loan program

  • $300,000 to the Evadale Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (Jasper County) for water system improvements

  • $35,265,000 to the Green Valley Special Utility District (Guadalupe County) for wastewater system improvements

Texas Water Development Board approves $5,001,157 to the City of Wharton (Wharton County) for a drainage improvement project

AUSTIN – (July 7, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $5,001,157, consisting of $2,601,000 in financing and $2,400,157 in grant funding, to the City of Wharton (Wharton County). The City will use the assistance from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for the planning, design, and construction of a drainage improvement project.

In addition to the grant funding, the City could save approximately $1,320,000 over the life of the loan by using the FIF program.

With the financial assistance approved today, the City will complete the drainage improvement project in two phases. Phase I includes a master drainage study that will verify parameters of the hydrologic model based on updated rainfall data. Findings from the study will also produce a detailed hydraulic model with an urban storm sewer analysis. Phase II will implement previously designed solutions with considerations from the master drainage study. The proposed drainage improvements include creek daylighting, channel modifications, and increased capacity of the storm drain system to reduce flood risks.

The approved project is eligible for FIF funding under category 2 of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category was designated for planning, acquisition, design, and construction activities to implement flood mitigation projects.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $1,000,000 to the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (Armstrong, Carson, Donley, Gray, Hutchinson, Potter, Roberts, and Wheeler counties) for an agricultural water conservation loan program

AUSTIN – (July 7, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of a $1,000,000 loan from the Agricultural Water Conservation Loan Program to the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (Armstrong, Carson, Donley, Gray, Hutchinson, Potter, Roberts, and Wheeler counties). The District will use the assistance to provide financing for a loan program that funds agricultural water conservation equipment.

The District could save approximately $10,000 over the life of the loan by using the Agricultural Water Conservation Loan Program.

The District will use the funds to provide loans to area farmers to purchase irrigation systems and related equipment to improve water use efficiency.

Texas Water Development Board approves $300,000 to the Evadale Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (Jasper County) for water system improvements

AUSTIN – (July 7, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $300,000 in principal forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to the Evadale Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (Jasper County). The District will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction of water system improvements.

With the financial assistance approved today, the District will replace approximately 9,000 feet of deteriorating water lines with polyvinyl chloride pipe. The proposed project will decrease water loss and service interruption and increase production capacity and reliability.

Texas Water Development Board approves $35,265,000 to the Green Valley Special Utility District (Guadalupe County) for wastewater system improvements

AUSTIN – (July 7, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $35,265,000 from the Water Development Fund to the Green Valley Special Utility District (Guadalupe County). The District will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction of wastewater system improvements.

The District could save approximately $2,900,000 over the life of the loan by using the Water Development Fund.

With the financial assistance approved today, the District will construct 33,000 linear feet of 18-inch, 24-inch, 30-inch, and 36-inch polyvinyl chloride gravity collection main and all additional appurtenances. Additionally, the District proposes to construct approximately 40,000 square feet of new office and warehouse space adjacent to the existing office, a new 500,000-gallon ground storage tank, and two pumps.