The Texas Water Development Board kicks off the new year with an improved water feature for 2022 | KLBK | KAMC
AUSTIN, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — Here is a press release from the Texas Water Development Board:
New Year’s resolutions are often fleeting with diminished interest over time. Instead, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) kicks off the new year with a challenge to commit to securing Texas’ water future.
And you can start by learning about the most important water topics in Texas, including the strategies and projects outlined to meet Texas’ projected water supply needs through 2070.
The TWDB has just released the graphically enhanced version of the 2022 State Water Plan, which was adopted by the Council in July 2021.
“The primary objective of the TWDB State Water Plan is to ensure that water users in the agricultural, manufacturing, irrigation, livestock and municipal users have the water they need to meet their demands in times of drought,” the TWDB director said. Water Supply Planning Temple McKinnon. “It’s about providing for economic activity, public health and welfare, and protecting the state’s natural and water resources.”
The 2022 state water plan predicts that Texas’ population will grow 73% over the next 50 years, from 29.7 million in 2020 to 51.5 million in 2070. Along with this growth comes d an expected 9% increase in total water demand. Texas’ existing water supplies, those that can already be relied upon during drought, are expected to decrease by 18% during this time.
To address potential water shortages during a record drought, the plan contains 5,800 strategies, such as conservation and reuse, storage and recovery of aquifers, desalination of brackish groundwater and water sea and surface water strategies. The estimated capital cost of implementing the 2022 plan is about $80 billion, and water providers expect to need $47 billion in state assistance.
The TWDB produces a new water status plan every five years based on plans developed by 16 regional water planning groups. The 2022 plan marks the fifth water body in the state created through Texas’ widely recognized regional water planning process.
For the first time, there is a stand-alone chapter in the conservation-focused plan. The intent is to outline legislative requirements, highlight initiatives within the TWDB Conservation Division, and illustrate how planning groups use the information to develop their plans.
Other new additions to the 2022 State Water Plan and development process include enhancements to projection methodologies, accelerated development of socio-economic impact analyses, management costing tool drought to aid planning groups in their strategy assessments and decision-making, and realistic timelines for major projects.
The graphically enhanced 2022 State Water Plan is now available on the TWDB website with the Interactive State Water Plan 2022. This web-based application allows users to dive deep into State Water Body 2022 data, projects, and strategies to see how water needs are changing over time, with filter options that allow a visualization at different geographic levels, from statewide detail down to water usage level.
“You can drill down the information from these plans down to the region or county or specific water user group. You can access all aspects of the planning factors for these entities, from their supplies to their demands, and how they plan to meet their future needs. I definitely encourage people to use our website to find visual tools to explore the data behind the state’s water body,” McKinnon said.
Interested in accepting TWDB’s challenge to get more involved with Texas water this year? Planning efforts for the 2027 National Water Plan are already underway.
Regional water planning groups are holding public meetings to develop the 2026 regional water plans. In addition, public water systems across the state are currently working on their water use surveys, expected by January 31, using new dashboards developed by the TWDB to help review their historical water use. This water use data is fundamental to the development of water demand projections used in the development of regional and state water plans.
“We definitely encourage the public to get involved in the regional water planning group meetings. All of their meetings are posted on our website. We have information about when planning groups meet and how the public can get in touch with the administrators of those planning groups,” McKinnon said.
The TWDB is the state agency responsible for collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing national 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 press release)