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Drinking Water

Ensuring that water produced and distributed by a public water system is safe to drink. Consumer confidence reports, monitoring, notification, and approval requirements.

Hot Topics in Drinking Water

  • Texas Drinking Water Watch (DWW)
    Use this searchable database of analytical results, schedules and violations to learn more about the quality of your drinking water and your public water system's compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Drinking Water Advisory Work Group (DWAWG)
    Meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes from past meetings of this open-participation group, which meets quarterly to discuss compliance with state and federal drinking-water regulations and improving customer service.

Consumer Issues and Safety Measures

Owning or Operating a Public Water System

  • Lead and Copper Program for Drinking Water Updated Information
    The list of systems scheduled to sample this year, forms for sampling, how to find a laboratory, and all other questions concerning Lead and Copper tap water sampling and Water Quality Parameter sampling.
  • Revised Total Coliform Rule Updated Information
    The federal Revised Total Coliform Rule protects public health by reducing potential pathways for fecal contamination into public drinking water distribution systems. All public water systems must comply with the Revised Total Coliform Rule requirements effective April 1, 2016.
  • Public Water System Supervision Program Updated Information
    TCEQ's public drinking water program is a part of the state's Public Water Supply Supervision Program (PWSSP). This page includes links to TCEQ's PWSSP Quality Assurance Project Plan which includes important information for laboratories submitting analytical results to TCEQ for use in compliance.
  • Public Water System Monitoring Plans & Laboratory Approval
    Public Water Systems are required to have and maintain a monitoring plan for all required water quality monitoring. Completion of a Drinking Water Lab Approval form is required as part of each Monitoring Plan.
  • Assessing and Protecting Water Sources
    Support for public water systems to identify and implement measures that will protect their sources of water from contamination.
  • Water Districts
    Information about creating, funding, or managing a water district in Texas.
  • Establishing a New Water System
    Requirements that new water systems must meet before construction may begin.
  • Operating a Public Water System
    Your source of water and all the equipment and pipes between it and the customer's meter—how to operate it to ensure the protection of public health.
  • Preparing for Disaster
    What to do to prepare your public water system before a natural disaster strikes.
  • EPA's Drinking-Water Enforcement Response Policy
    An approach for enforcement targeting under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
  • Templates for Public Notices
    Public notice templates. Mandatory wording certifying that you’ve notified customers about violations your system may have incurred.
  • PWS Rules and Regulations
    Find the principal rules and related guidance for operators of public water systems in Texas.
  • Operator Notice Form Picture

    In accordance with 30 Title, Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 290.46 (p)(2), on an annual basis the owner of a PWS shall provide the TCEQ with a list of all operators and operating companies that the PWS uses.  The notice shall contain the name, contact information, work status, license number, and license class of each operator and the name and registration number of each operating company.

  • State of Texas Public Drinking Water Program Annual Compliance Reports

    Section 1414(c)(3) of the Safe Drinking Water Act requires that each state that has been granted primacy prepare an annual report on violations of national primary drinking water regulations within the state, make the report readily available to the public, and submit it to the EPA. The TCEQ Annual Compliance Reports fulfill this responsibility for Texas, and includes violations of Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs), maximum residual disinfectant levels (MRDLs), treatment technique requirements, variances and exceptions, significant monitoring and consumer notification violations.