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Texas Water Conservation Standards

In 2001, the 77th Legislature directed the State Energy Conservation Office (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 the Texas Government Code §447.004. 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. The standards also apply when purchasing new related equipment to replace existing equipment, or making modifications to existing systems.

Download Water Conservation Design Standards (PDF)

Statutory Reference: 34 Tex. Admin. Code §19.32

SECO Compliance Certification

Before beginning construction of a new state building or state-supported higher education facility, a water conservation compliance certification form must be completed and submitted to the SECO to document compliance with the standards.

Download Reporting Form (PDF)

Send completed forms to:

State Energy Conservation Office
Attn: Fred Yebra, P.E.
111 E. 17th Street, Suite 314
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-475-0753