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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 on a calendar year basis with a term of no more than one year. 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. The rate for Interruptible Water is the BRA System Rate of $72 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. BRA is currently accepting applications for 2018 Interruptible Water contracts. Please see this link for additional details on the application process and deadlines. 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
  jsammon@brazos.org

  Stephen Hamlin
  (254) 761-3172
  stephen.hamlin@brazos.org

Central Basin -  Amy Muttoni

(254) 761-3165

amy.muttoni@brazos.org

Lower Basin - Cathy Dominguez

(254) 761-3176

cdominguez@brazos.org