Responsible Water Use

How we’re powering Texas while keeping watch on our water resources


“Water links us to our neighbor in a way more profound and complex than any other.”

– John Thorson

TexasWaterConsumptionIn Texas, just 4 percent of the state’s total water consumption is used for generating electricity. That small fraction is a big responsibility we take very seriously.

Adequate water is essential for operating Luminant’s power plants. Although water is used to cool our generating facilities, we actually consume very little. Typically, more than 99 percent of it is returned to Luminant’s reservoirs for reuse. Water management experts at our plants and mines monitor the entire process to ensure exemplary water quality and regulatory compliance.

Our 14 reservoirs also provide thousands of acres of aquatic habitat for wildlife, and some of our largest reservoirs are open to the public for fishing and other recreational activities. Additionally, we seek out opportunities to develop or reestablish water resources that benefit the well-being of the public and natural wildlife, such as transforming a nearly 2-mile-long mining pit into a 112 surface-acre lake that is providing a rare opportunity for genetic research of largemouth bass.

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Final reclamation pond at Monticello, Titus County, Texas

Luminant’s most recent Environmental Review further examines our progress in water stewardship and conservation, while Water: In Brief provides a snapshot of our company’s water usage, specifically, and that of the energy industry in general.

Water is an important issue that impacts us all, not only our neighbors in the communities where we live and work, but throughout Texas and in many parts of the country. We have a strong track record of caring for this precious resource and will continue to provide reliable electricity for Texans while responsibly protecting our water.

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