Establishing a New Public Water System
Presents options for determining whether anyone supplies drinking water to your area and, if so, who. Links to related content.
Simplified overview of the essential points to consider in establishing a new public water system.
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Information for public water systems and their customers on identifying potential cross connections and preventing contamination from backflow into drinking-water systems.
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.
Required testing, required checklists, and other information for completing a well interim approval.
How to use our database to find out whether an operator's certification is up to date, including current continuing education credits.
How to use our database to find out whether a water operations company has a current registration.
A guide for local officials to the revised rules for public drinking water, 30 TAC 290-91.
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.
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.
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.
Data, reports, maps, and reference materials of use to water districts and other water utilities in Texas.
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.