Water Conservation Defined

"Those practices, techniques, programs, and technologies that will protect water resources, reduce the consumption of water, reduce the loss or waste of water, improve the efficiency in the use of water, or increase the recycling and reuse of water so that a water supply is made available for future or alternative uses."

Mission Statement

To establish a professional forum for the continuing development of water conservation resources, expertise, and progress evaluation of the highest quality for the benefit of Texas — its state leadership, regional and local governments, and general public.

Established by the Texas Legislature

In 2007, the 80th Texas Legislature, via the passage of Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 4, directed the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to appoint the members of the newly created Water Conservation Advisory Council.  Chapter 10 of the Texas Water Code outlines the purpose of the council and defines the twenty-three entities and interest groups represented by those members, as shown below.

Interest GroupMemberTerm Ends
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Jennifer Allis
2023
Texas Department of Agriculture Dan Hunter 2023
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Cindy Loeffler 2021
Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board John Foster 2019
Texas Water Development Board Robert Mace 2023
Regional Water Planning Groups Aubrey Spear 2021
Federal Agencies Maria Martinez 2023
Municipalities Karen Guz 2023
Groundwater Conservation Districts Sarah Rountree Schlessinger 2019
River Authorities Matt Phillips 2021
Environmental Groups Ken Kramer 2021
Irrigation Districts Wayne Halbert 2019
Institutional Water Users H.W. Bill Hoffman 2019
Professional Organizations Focused on Water Conservation Carole Baker 2019
Higher Education vacant 2021
Agricultural Groups Jay Bragg 2019
Refining and Chemical Manufacturing Craig Elam 2023
Electric Generation Gary Spicer 2021
Mining and Recovery of Minerals C.J. Tredway 2019
Landscape Irrigation and Horticulture Anai Padilla 2023
Water Control and Improvement Districts Linda Christie 2019
Rural Water Users Celia Eaves 2021
Municipal Utility Districts Donna Howe 2023
For additional information about the council, please contact TWDB support staff by email at wcac@twdb.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 463-5102.

Read about Water Conservation Implementation Task Force, the precursor to council, here.