Texas Water Ownership

Great ranch tidbit on very basic explanation of Water Ownership in the Great State of Texas! Water is one of the most important God given resources, we cannot exist without it! Great excerpt below from the Texas Groundwater Protection Committee on Who actually owns Texas water.

In Texas, water rights depend on whether the water is surface water or groundwater. Surface water is publicly owned and governed by the State of Texas. Without a permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), landowners may only use surface water for domestic and livestock purposes. If a landowner wishes to use the surface water for other sources such as irrigation, manufacturing, or power generation, he or she must obtain consent from the state in the form of a permit. Some landowners may have concerns about whether the state requires them to obtain a permit to build a reservoir on their property for the use of a stock tank. This falls into the “stock tank exception” that allows landowners to build up to a 200-acre-foot reservoir on their property without receiving permission from the state. An acre-foot is the amount of water that will cover an acre of land one foot deep (over 325,850 gallons).

For more information, you can find the full article here.