Texas Property Code

Sec. § 21.0121
Condemnation to Acquire Water Rights


In addition to the contents prescribed by Section 21.012 (Condemnation Petition)(b), a condemnation petition filed by a political subdivision of this state for the purpose of acquiring rights to groundwater or surface water must state that the facts to be proven are that the political subdivision has:


prepared a drought contingency plan;


developed and implemented a water conservation plan that will result in the highest practicable levels of water conservation and efficiency achievable in the political subdivision’s jurisdiction;


made a bona fide good faith effort to obtain practicable alternative water supplies to the water rights the political subdivision proposes to condemn;


made a bona fide good faith effort to acquire the rights to the water the political subdivision proposes to condemn by voluntary purchase or lease; and


made a showing that the political subdivision needs the water rights to provide for the domestic needs of the political subdivision within the next 10-year period.


A court shall deny the right to condemn unless the political subdivision proves to the court that the political subdivision has met the requirements of Subsection (a).
Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1032, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

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