Water Supply Contracts

Water Contracting

All surface water in Texas is owned by the state and held in trust for use by the citizens of Texas. There are a number of ways one may obtain water in Texas:

  • be a landowner with property adjacent to a waterway,
  • obtain a water right from the state, or
  • purchase water from a person or organization that has a water right such as the Brazos River Authority.

The learn more about water rights in the State of Texas, click here.

The Brazos River Authority makes water available to municipal, industrial, mining, irrigation, and agricultural interests throughout the Brazos River basin through water supply contracts. Five types of water contracts are issued by the Authority:

System Water Availability Agreement

System contracts are issued for a specific term usually ranging from 6 to 30 years. They are subject to the supply available to the Authority from its water rights permits and reservoirs.

System Water Availability Agreements are issued at the System Rate, which is adjusted annually. The current System Rate for 2017 is $72.00 per acre-foot per year.

System Water Availability Agreement - Agricultural Water Use

For agricultural users who meet the specific qualifications for agricultural use, the rate for System Water use is $50.40 for fiscal year 2017.

The term "agricultural" applies to the following activities:

  • (A) cultivating the soil to produce crops for human food, animal feed, or planting seed or for the production of fibers;
  • (B) the practice of floriculture, viticulture, silviculture, and horticulture, including the cultivation of plants in containers or non-soil media, by a nursery grower;
  • (C) the irrigation of pastureland; and
  • (D) planting cover crops, including cover crops cultivated for transplantation, or leaving land idle for the purpose of participating in any governmental program or normal crop or livestock rotation procedure.

Interruptible Water Availability Agreement

Interruptible contracts are issued for terms up to five years. The amount of Interruptible Water available for contracting is site specific and varies annually. The BRA Board has authorized 90,588 acre-feet of Interruptible Water for calendar year 2017. All of this water is already under contract or is in the process of being contracted with entities that submitted requests for Interruptible Water by the October 31 deadline identified in the Interruptible Water Sale Procedure. The rate for Interruptible Water is the BRA System Rate, which is $72.00 per acre-foot in fiscal year 2017. For agricultural users who meet the specific qualifications for agricultural water use, the rate is $50.40 per acre-foot in fiscal year 2017. For more information, please contact one of the BRA representatives listed below.

For additional information on water contracts through the Brazos River Authority, please contact the following:

Upper Basin - Jeff Sammon
  (254) 761-3132

  Stephen Hamlin
  (254) 761-3172

Central Basin -  Amy Muttoni

(254) 761-3165


Lower Basin - Cathy Dominguez

(254) 761-3176