Published date: May 8, 2024

Drought Response for Public Water Systems

Hot summer months are approaching, bringing dry conditions to the state. Public water systems may start to see a strain on their water supplies.

TCEQ is encouraging public water systems to take reasonable measures to increase conservation efforts and to identify and secure alternative water supplies to meet system needs.

Conservation Measures

You can use the following conservation measures and alternative water supply plans to prepare for drought:

  • Start implementing your Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) response measures to reduce consumption.
  • Encourage water conservation.
  • Conduct public education and outreach activities.
  • Measure and track existing water supplies.
  • Repair leaks in your distribution system to limit water loss.
  • Report your water supply level to TCEQ if it is approaching less than 180 days.
  • Evaluate infrastructure and develop plans to meet needs (such as extending intake structures to deeper waters, drilling new wells, etc.).
  • Seek authorizations and funding resources to extend your existing water supply or obtain new sources.

Your DCP is an important tool in conserving and managing your water supply during difficult times. We encourage you to review your DCP and prepare to apply water use restrictions as appropriate. If the water system you purchase from has started restrictions, review your purchase water contract and be prepared to also put restrictions into effect if necessary.

When to Notify TCEQ

Use the online drought reporting form to notify TCEQ of water supply shortages or of any changes to your water use restrictions. Contact your local TCEQ regional office if you’re experiencing an emergency or need immediate assistance.

In the event that you need to haul in drinking water, it must be obtained and transported by a TCEQ-approved water hauler.

Additional Information

TCEQ has a free Financial, Managerial, and Technical (FMT) assistance program to help your water system address drought and many other compliance issues.

For more drought information, visit our Drought in Texas webpage.

For questions, please call the Environmental Assistance Hotline at 1-800-447-2827 or the Water Supply Division at 512-239-4691.

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