Oil and Gas Facilities: Water Compliance Information
Water Compliance Information
- Regulation of Oil and Gas Construction Activities under EPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for Stormwater
- Water Rights–Any activity intending to divert, impound, take or use surface water, or begin construction for the above-listed activities must be permitted by the TCEQ prior to commencement.
- Temporary water rights – May not be granted in river basins that are affected by drought. There are two categories of temporary water rights, those requesting 10 acre-feet or less for one year or less and those requesting more than 10 acre-feet per year for no more than 3 years.
Temporary water use applications requesting 10 acre-feet or less, for one calendar year or less, are processed by the TCEQ Regional Offices in areas without a watermaster or by the South Texas Watermaster's Office or the Rio Grande Watermaster's Office, where appropriate. The application form (TCEQ-20425) can be found here: (Word or PDF).
Applications for temporary water use permits requesting more than 10 acre-feet of water per year, or requesting more than one calendar year for diversions, should be submitted to the Water Rights Permitting Team. The application form (TCEQ-10202) can be found here: (Word or PDF)
You could also apply for a perpetual or term permit (usually limited to a 10-year term). See the water right webpage for more information: http://www.tceq.texas.gov/permitting/water_rights/wr_amiregulated.html
If you have questions about your temporary water use permit, you can contact the Water Rights Permitting Team at 512.239.4691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Groundwater – Texas groundwater is managed by regional Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs). Maps, facts, and contact information can be found on the TCEQ GCD webpage and the Texas Water Development GCD webpage. The Texas Groundwater Protection Committee has several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on GCDs (listed under the Administrative Entities heading) and additional information on Oil, Gas & Mining.
- Dam Safety–When a person proposes to conduct certain activities near a dam, the owner of the dam or our executive director may request that the person have a professional engineer perform an evaluation to determine if the integrity of the dam would be compromised.
- Reclaimed Water–Without access to sewer service, you must obtain other authorization to discharge wastewater. Use the following links to determine if the Industrial Reclaimed Water Reuse Permit is right for you.
- Application to Use Industrial Reclaimed Water
- Instructions for Application to Use Industrial Reclaimed Water
- Operators should pay particular attention to the options allowed under the 30 TAC 210E.
- Requirements for Reclaimed Water-Questions and answers on common municipal and industrial reclaimed water issues.
- Public Water System–You may meet the TCEQ definition of a “Public Water System” if you supply water for drinking, hand washing, dish washing, cooking, or bathing to 15 connections or more or 25 people or more, for at least 60 days out of the year. Public Water Systems must comply with TCEQ’s regulations.
- RV Parks: Am I Regulated? (RG-499)–A resource to determine if activities at an RV Park are regulated by the TCEQ.
- You're a PWS...Now What? (RG-496)–A guide for rules and regulations that apply to public water systems, especially for those who may have recently learned they own a PWS.
- Public Water Supply: Compliance Resources
- On-Site Sewage Facilities–Wastewater treatment facilities, including on-site sewage facilities (septic systems), are regulated by the TCEQ or a local authority.
- Transporter and Hauler requirements –Common questions and answers for
T–This guide is intended to inform owners and operators of temporary housing located on oil and gas leases that some of their activities may be regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Please click on one of the following links for more information about oil and gas compliance.
Where can I find more information and assistance?
The TCEQ's Small Business and Local Government Assistance Section offers free, confidential help to small businesses and local governments working to comply with state environmental regulations. Call us at 800-447-2827 or visit our Web page at TexasEnviroHelp.org.