Who regulates groundwater in Texas?

Posted: June 29th, 2022

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is the state agency charged with managing water resources for the future of Texas.  The Board “provides leadership, planning, financial assistance, information, and education for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas”.  

Groundwater planning and management takes place on a smaller, local scale as well.  Under the provision of Chapter 36, Texas Water Code, groundwater conservation districts (GCD) have the authority to regulate the spacing of water wells, the production from water wells, or both.  A total of 174 counties are either fully or partially within a groundwater conservation district.