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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
June 7, 2011
Surface Water Diversions Suspended in Brazos River Basin
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state agency responsible for enforcing water rights, earlier this spring notified water right holders statewide that diversions of surface water may be affected by the worsening drought.
With no immediate relief from the ongoing drought forecasted, TCEQ suspended certain permitted surface water diverters in the mid- and lower- Brazos River Basin. The TCEQ has also notified the remaining water right holders in the Brazos Basin about the potential for additional suspensions if the drought persists.
Diversions for municipal uses, including drinking water, and power generation are not affected at this time. The TCEQ is closely monitoring available water supplies and is working with municipalities facing potential drinking water shortages.
Additional information concerning this and other drought issues including how to conserve water can be found online at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/agency/drought.html, or accessed through TCEQ's drought hotline at 1-800-447-2827.