Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan


The Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP) was first published in 1980 and updated in 1997. In 2006 the Oklahoma Legislature appropriated funds for the latest update; this began a five-year study involving multiple agencies, consultants and intensive input from Oklahomans. The study was completed in 2012 by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB).

The OCWP is a water supply-demand assessment for a 50 year projection covering all of Oklahoma. Water quality and environmental issues were also assessed, but the OCWP isn’t primarily a water quality program. Instead, it focuses on the 50 year water supply and water demand projections along with infrastructure needs for the future.

Many states are going through similar water planning, and results are sobering. Serious decisions about the future of clean water for all of Oklahoma’s water needs and uses are beginning to be made now that the study has been completed. This will change how water use is perceived, and important water conservation and protection strategies will likely result from this statewide assessment. Visit the OWRB’s Water Plan website for more information and to download the OCWP documents.

The Oklahoma legislature has begun to use the OCWP to craft legislation regarding infrastructure improvements, out of state water sales, water conservation strategies, and setting funding options to ensure that all Oklahomans have abundant water resources for the future.