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From the Planning Director
Utility Providers - Take the Infrastructure Needs Survey
The OWRB needs your help to identify water infrastructure needs for the 2025 Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP).
This survey will be used to highlight system needs for state legislators and other decision makers. Please note that this survey will NOT be used for regulatory purposes. Complete the online survey and submit your system’s water infrastructure needs and documentation here.
In the months to come the OWRB will facilitate meetings around the state to present findings of the Infrastructure Needs Survey as well as 10-to-50-year supply and demand projections.
Summary of 2025 OCWP Update Activities:
The Big Picture
1.)Data and Modeling: While data collection and refinement will continue through 2025 (and beyond), by early next year the OCWP team expects to run draft supply and demand scenarios for each of the 82 Basins across the state.
2.) Infrastructure Needs Surveys: The Wastewater Needs Survey went live on August 16. The Drinking Water Needs Survey, funded separately, will be distributed this fall. Please help document your system's water needs in support of additional funding and financing programs.
3.) Engagement: Workgroups have begun meeting. These workgroups are tackling some of the most pressing challenges in water today, like water reuse, workforce retention/development, source water protection, and agriculture irrigation longevity.
1.)Data and Modeling
2.) Infrastructure Needs Surveys
3.) Engagement: Workgroup committees are currently developing goals and objectives on the following topics: water reuse, workforce retention/development, source water protection, and agriculture irrigation longevity. In all cases, the intent is to raise awareness of each topic and the unique needs associated with each. The 2025 OCWP will house the findings and any statutory or funding recommendations.
Water Reuse Action Plan - Current Water Reuse Activities
+ 2025 OCWP Programmatic Work Plan completed
The OCWP Team has finalized its Work Plan and Engagement Plan utilizing input from selected work groups, agencies, and professionals from across the state. Learn more...
Section Roles &Responsibilities
The Water Planning section of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board is responsible for coordinating decadal updates of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP) and subsequently managing initiatives, studies, and projects that were recommended by the most recent update of the Water Plan (2012 OCWP).
Past examples would include the statewide Water for 2060 initiative, the Produced Water Working Group with associated reports and studies, and the Instream Flow Advisory Group with resulting studies.
Staff are currently gathering data to build the statewide supply and demand database for the 2025 Update of the OCWP. With modeled projections, the database will serve as the point of reference during the 2025 OCWP Process. With assistance from OCWP and USACE engineering contractors, partner organizations, agencies, tribes, and universities, the infrastructure needs survey will soon be distributed and expert input will be gathered from private and public sectors on a variety of topics (TBD).
OWRB Planning through the OCWP process provides a snapshot of the current water position of the state.
With updated geospatial values to the basin scale on: