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Texas Laws | Water Code
WATER CODE
TITLE 2. WATER ADMINISTRATION

Sec. 10.010. POWERS AND DUTIES OF COUNCIL. (2744)(Text)

The council shall: (2745)

(1) monitor trends in water conservation implementation; (2746)

(2) monitor new technologies for possible inclusion by the board as best management practices in the best management practices guide developed by the water conservation implementation task force under Chapter 109, Acts of the 78th Legislature, Regular Session, 2003; (2747)

(3) monitor the effectiveness of the statewide water conservation public awareness program developed under Section 16.401 and associated local involvement in implementation of the program; (2748)

(4) develop and implement a state water management resource library; (2749)

(5) develop and implement a public recognition program for water conservation; (2750)

(6) monitor the implementation of water conservation strategies by water users included in regional water plans; and (2751)

(7) monitor target and goal guidelines for water conservation to be considered by the board and commission. (2752)

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1352 (H.B. 4), Sec. 3, eff. June 15, 2007. (2753)

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1430 (S.B. 3), Sec. 2.03, eff. September 1, 2007. (2754)

Sec. 10.011. REPORT. (2755)(Text)

Not later than December 1 of each even-numbered year, the council shall submit to the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house of representatives: (2756)

(1) a report on progress made in water conservation in this state; and (2757)

(2) recommendations for legislation to advance water conservation in this state, which may include conservation through the reduction of the amount of water lost because of evaporation. (2758)

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1352 (H.B. 4), Sec. 3, eff. June 15, 2007. (2759)

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1430 (S.B. 3), Sec. 2.03, eff. September 1, 2007. (2760)

Amended by: (2761)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1151 (S.B. 551), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015. (2762)

SUBTITLE B. WATER RIGHTS (2763)(Text)

CHAPTER 11. WATER RIGHTS (2764)(Text)
Sec. 11.001. VESTED RIGHTS NOT AFFECTED. (2765)(Text)

(a) Nothing in this code affects vested private rights to the use of water, except to the extent that provisions of Subchapter G of this chapter might affect these rights. (2766)

(b) This code does not recognize any riparian right in the owner of any land the title to which passed out of the State of Texas after July 1, 1895. (2767)

Amended by Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2207, ch. 870, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (2768)

Sec. 11.002. DEFINITIONS. (2769)(Text)

In this chapter and in Chapter 12 of this code: (2770)

(1) "Commission" means the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. (2771)

(2) "Board" means the Texas Water Development Board. (2772)

(3) "Executive director" means the executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. (2773)

(4) "Beneficial use" means use of the amount of water which is economically necessary for a purpose authorized by this chapter, when reasonable intelligence and reasonable diligence are used in applying the water to that purpose and shall include conserved water. (2774)

(5) "Water right" means a right acquired under the laws of this state to impound, divert, or use state water. (2775)

(6) "Appropriator" means a person who has made beneficial use of any water in a lawful manner under the provisions of any act of the legislature before the enactment of Chapter 171, General Laws, Acts of the 33rd Legislature, 1913, as amended, and who has filed with the State Board of Water Engineers a record of his appropriation as required by the 1913 Act, as amended, or a person who makes or has made beneficial use of any water within the limitations of a permit lawfully issued by the commission or one of its predecessors. (2776)

(7) Renumbered as subd. (6) by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 795, Sec. 1.003, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. (2777)

(8) "Conservation" means: (2778)

(A) the development of water resources; and (2779)

(B) those practices, techniques, and technologies that will 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. (2780)

(9) "Conserved water" means that amount of water saved by a holder of an existing permit, certified filing, or certificate of adjudication through practices, techniques, and technologies that would otherwise be irretrievably lost to all consumptive beneficial uses arising from storage, transportation, distribution, or application. (2781)

(10) "Surplus water" means water in excess of the initial or continued beneficial use of the appropriator. (2782)

(11) "River basin" means a river or coastal basin designated by the board as a river basin under Section 16.051. The term does not include waters originating in the bays or arms of the Gulf of Mexico. (2783)

(12) "Agriculture" means any of the following activities: (2784)

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