Water districts efficiently, effectively, and continuously provide essential services, including water, wastewater, and drainage, to millions of Texans. To ensure that water districts can continue to provide essential services to protect residents and taxpayers, AWBD support:
1. Preserving the state’s natural resources and local control while improving communities’ resilience, water resources, and access to greenspace by
2. Fair, responsible oversight of water districts by the TCEQ, including
a. Continued TCEQ oversight of all water districts, including maintaining and enforcing TCEQ rules relating to the issuance and feasibility of bonds by water districts.
b. TCEQ user fees directly proportional to TCEQ’s costs of services to the water districts utilizing the services.
3. Preserving and improving the current legal relationship between municipalities and water districts by
4. Preserving and improving the current legal relationship between counties and water districts by
a. Preserving the authority of counties to require within a water district (i) a connection to a centralized water and sewer system, (ii) that water, sewer, drainage and road facilities be designed and constructed to reasonable county standards, and (iii) adequate fire suppression facilities.
b. Protecting water districts against efforts to shift from counties to water districts the responsibility of maintaining roads or related facilities, including storm sewers located within the right of ways or within related easements dedicated to the public or a county.
c. Encouraging counties and water districts to access state and federal funds to improve infrastructure.
5. Protecting water districts against legislation that would allow nontaxable users, including independent school districts, to avoid paying water district charges and fees.
6. The financial and administrative independence of water districts by
7. Water districts increasing internet and social media visibility to better inform customers and taxpayers.
Each session AWBD’s Legislative Affairs Committee tracks bills that correspond to AWBD’s legislative priorities. Below are bills that AWBD was following at the time of publication (early March). To search for up-to-date information on bills, visit https://capitol.texas.gov/.