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Drinking Water: Consumer Concerns

Low pressure? Poor service? Is your water cloudy or colored? Does it smell bad? Is your supply contaminated? Identify the problem. Find out if it could affect your health. Learn more about notices or reports from your supplier.

Drinking Water in Your Area

Drinking Water Watch
Use this searchable database of analytical results and compliance data to learn more about the quality of your drinking water and your public water system's compliance with state and federal regulations.

Technical Guidance
If you seek general information for operating a public water system.

Plan Review
To learn if your public water system’s treatment facilities comply with state drinking water regulations or the status of compliance.

Exceptions to the Rules
To learn if your public water system is operating treatment facilities by approved exceptions to state drinking water regulations.

Bottled Water

Bottled Water
In order to produce bottled water in Texas, the system must meet PWS requirements; this gives information about those rules.

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The EPA compares bottled water to tap water.

Drinking Water and Health

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The CDC website provides links to resources that answer common questions about drinking water and links to waterborne disease fact sheets.

Fluoride in Drinking Water: Is It Safe?
Answer copied by permission from the American Water Works Association's "Plain Talk About Drinking Water" (2001).

Radiochemicals and Drinking Water
Information on the occurrence of radiochemicals in public water systems (PWSs) in Texas, and what are the long-term risks to health and treatment options. Compliance determination and public notification requirements.

Understanding Chemical Analysis Results
How to read and interpret the results of chemical analyses reported to public water systems by a drinking-water laboratory.

Disinfection Byproducts

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Download our fact sheet of general questions and answers.

Disinfection Byproducts
Disinfection byproducts or DBPs, are chemicals that are formed when organic carbon reacts with chlorine, a chemical used to disinfect water against pathogenic organisms.

Relative Risk to Public Water System Customers from Disinfection Byproducts
Explains the relative risk to Public Water System Customers from Disinfection Byproducts.

Utility Billing

Water and Wastewater Submetering or Allocation
A description and explanation of submetered and allocated utility billing.

Rules for the Submetered or Allocated Billing of Utility Services
Links to Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Subchapter H, Utility Submetering and Allocation.