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Establishing a New Public Water System

Requirements that new water systems must meet before construction may begin.

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Cross-Connection Control Program
Information for public water systems and their customers on identifying potential cross connections and preventing contamination from backflow into drinking-water systems.
Establishing a New Water Utility
Basic steps to follow to determine whether there is a need to establish a new water or sewer utility and, if so, how to do so.
How to Conduct Radionuclide Testing for Well Completion Interim Approval
Required testing, required checklists, and other information for completing a well interim approval.
How to Find a Licensed Water Operator
How to use our database to find out whether an operator's certification is up to date, including current continuing education credits.
How to Find a Water Operations Company
How to use our database to find out whether a water operations company has a current registration.
Public Drinking Water: A Guide for Local Governments
A guide for local officials to the revised rules for public drinking water, 30 TAC 290-91.
Public Water System Plan Review
Explains reviews of technical plans of public water systems carried out by the TCEQ before construction begins. Also lists plans under review with estimated review timelines.
Regional Certification for Water and Sewer Utilities
Explains role of the TCEQ in certifying utilities as regional providers of water and wastewater services. Links to standard letter utilities may complete to request this certification for the purpose of tax exemption.
Requesting an Exception to Rules and Regulations for Public Water Systems
A public water system (PWS) that does not meet a TCEQ design standard may request an exception by proposing another way it can meet the intent of the rules. We review each exception request to ensure that, if granted, the PWS will still deliver safe drinking water to its customers at adequate pressures.
TCEQ Water Utility Database (WUD)
Data, reports, maps, and reference materials of use to water districts and other water utilities in Texas.
Technical Guidance for Public Water System Operators and Engineers
How to submit plans for public water system facilities. How to request an exception to design or capacity rules. Guidance documents describing how TCEQ handles technical issues.