The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) serves as the State's water resources planning and development agency. Our mission is to manage, protect, and improve Oklahoma’s water resources to meet long-term water supply, water quality, flood protection, and infrastructure needs. Our vision is to advance Oklahoma’s water resource development for a secure water future, resilient economy, and clean, healthy environment for all Oklahomans.
The State's water business is conducted through a nine-member Board appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the State Senate. Board members represent nine geographic regions and eight different water use types, including industrial, irrigation, municipal, oil and gas production, rural residential, agriculture, soil conservation, and recreation.
Since its founding in 1957, the OWRB has delivered equitable water appropriation and permitting, low-cost infrastructure financing, long range water resources and flood planning, and robust technical information and mapping products to inform state and local policy and planning in all sectors.