In April 2002, Governor Rick Perry tasked the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) with developing a proposal to build Texas' very first large-scale seawater desalination plant to produce drinking water. The following year, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1370 directing the agency to undertake or participate in research, feasibility and facility planning studies, investigations, and surveys as needed to advance the development of cost-effective water supplies from seawater desalination in the state.

Since Governor Perry's proclamation in 2002, the TWDB has expanded its scope of desalination activities to include brackish groundwater, an abundant source of supply in many areas of the state.

What's New


Guidance Manual for Permitting Class I and Class II Wells for the Injection and Disposal of Desalination Concentrate, 2014

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Developing Practical Alternatives to Pilot Plant Studies, 2014

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Worth Its Salt

Southmost Regional Water Authority Brackish Groundwater Treatment Facility
Brownsville, Texas

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2014 Meeting Announcements

  • October 6-7, 2014, Monterey, California
    Desalination:Transitioning from Crisis Managment to Resource Management
    For more information, visit the CalDesal organization.
  • October 7-9, 2014, Pompano Beach, Florida
    Membrane Operator Certification: Advanced Training of Reverse Osmosis Systems
    For more information, visit the Southeast Desalting Association.
  • October 23-24, 2014, Houston, Texas
    American Water Summit: Smashing Silos
    For more information, visit American Water Summit.

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