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This Brackish Groundwater Desalination Technical Report examines the legal frameworks that affect desalination in Texas. The goal of this report is to provide insight into the legal and regulatory barriers, challenges, and opportunities for these technologies to go online. Each desalination implementation site has to find ways of complying with various laws and regulations. The information in this Report comes from the study of brackish groundwater desalination facilities currently operating in Texas, as well as extensive research into available literature and documents from various agencies. While there is no updated “one-stop-shop” resource that provides detailed information on all the necessary permits to build, operate, and maintain such facilities, this Technical Report aims to compile the existing, available information in an organized and accessible fashion.

The Brackish Groundwater Desalination Technical Report is the first of three reports that make up the work product of a project undertaken by students at Texas A&M University School of Law in a select capstone seminar. These reports examine regulations surrounding desalination and water recycling. The companion report entitled Water Recycling Technical Report highlights building, operating, and monitoring requirements for water recycling facilities in Texas. Finally, the Case Study Report expands on regulations in San Antonio and El Paso where these water alternatives are in place.

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Legal & Regulatory Framework for Brackish Groundwater Desalination and Water Recycling in Texas


Texas A&M University School of Law Program in Natural Resources Systems


Fort Worth, TX


Copyright © 2020 by Texas A&M University School of Law This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC)

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Gabriel Eckstein

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