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Texas Water Conservation Standards

In 2001, the 77th Texas Legislative session directed SECO to develop a set of water efficiency standards for state-funded buildings. The standards were designed to set targets for water-use efficiency and provide guidance on effective conservation measures to meet the statewide goals identified in Chapter 447 of the Texas Government Code. Since the original mandate, the standards have been updated several times, most recently in 2016.

The Standards apply to new state-funded buildings or state-funded major renovation projects including state-supported institutions of higher education as defined by Texas Administrative Code Chapter 19, subchapter C. The Standards would also apply when purchasing new related equipment to replace existing equipment, for making modifications to existing systems, or equipment that equals more than half the original purchase price of the equipment. The Standards should be used for upgrading existing equipment that works but is nearing the end of its life expectancy.

The Standards

Standard Effective Date
Water Conservation Design Standards (PDF, 895 KB) June 1, 2016
Water Efficiency Standards (External PDF) Sept. 1, 2011 – May 31, 2016
Texas Water Guidelines (PDF, 28 KB) Sept. 1 2001 – Aug. 31, 2011

SECO Compliance Certification

Before beginning construction of a new state building or state-supported institution of higher education of greater than 10,000 square feet, the Water Compliance Certification Form must be completed and submitted to the State Energy Conservation Office for approval.

State Energy Conservation Office,
Attention: Fred Yebra, P.E.
111 E. 17th Street, Room 314
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512-475-0753

For more information, contact Fred Yebra, PE.

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