In 2009, as required by SB 361 (Senate Bill 361, 81st Legislature, 2009), the TCEQ amended the Texas public drinking water rules to include the EPP requirements for water systems with customers in Harris County. Further revisions are currently required by HB 805 (House Bill 805, 82nd Legislature, 2011).
SB 361 (Senate Bill 361, 81st Legislature, 2009), required affected water systems that existed as of December 1, 2009 with customers in Harris County to have an Emergency Preparedness Plan approved by March 1, 2010 and implemented by July 1, 2010.
HB 805 (House Bill 805, 82nd Legislature, 2011), requires affected systems in Fort Bend County and systems that serve water in Harris County which began serving water between December 1 ,2009 and November 1, 2011 to have an Emergency Preparedness Plan approved by February 1, 2012 and implemented by June 1, 2012.
New systems in Fort Bend County and Harris County that will begin serving water after November 1, 2011, must have an approved EPP before serving water to customers.
Many water systems with customers in Harris and Fort Bend Counties must create an emergency preparedness plan (EPP) and then submit the EPP for our review. To help these systems comply with this requirement, we have created an EPP shell and these instructions for completing it.