Submit Public Water System Plans for Review
No person may begin construction of a public drinking water supply system until the TCEQ determines that the system is financially stable and technically sound and can supply adequate quantities of safe drinking water. Public Water System operators must notify the TCEQ about any proposed new system or significant changes to existing systems.
TCEQ reviews are based on the requirements in the Rules and Regulations for Public Water Systems in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Chapter 290, Subchapter D.
- Submit Your Plans and Specifications
- Suggested Construction Notes to Support Plan Review
- Radionuclide Testing Required for Well Completion
- Status of Reviews in Progress
Submit Your Plans and Specifications
Plans, specifications, and related documents must be prepared under the direction of a licensed professional engineer. All engineering documents must have engineering seals, signatures, and dates affixed in accordance with the rules of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers .
Please submit ONE each of the following items on paper.
- Cover letter with engineering report
- Submittal form
- TCEQ Core Data Form (for new systems)
- Well completion data
- Sealed engineering plans and specifications
NOTE: You may submit sealed plans and specs on CD for waterlines, pumps and tanks.
- If submitting a CD, please provide these documents in Acrobat PDF, with one folder for plans and another folder for specifications.
- If submitting on paper, 11 x 17 is the smallest format that allows for sufficient detail.
Get the forms you need at Forms and Checklists for Public Water System Operators Submitting Plans or Specifications.
Please mail your completed package to:
Plan and Technical Review Section
Water Supply Division MC -159
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, Texas 78711-3087
We cannot accept your plans by e-mail.
There are no fees associated with this review.
Suggested Construction Notes to Support Plan Review
Including these items will help you ensure your plans and specifications include all the necessary information and will reduce the likelihood that you will need to resubmit your plans.
- Ground Storage Tank
- Hydropneumatic Pressure Tank
- Booster Pump
- Proposed Water Well
- Water Distribution System
Radionuclide Testing Required for Well Completion
Several areas of Texas have groundwater with elevated radionuclide levels. Determine if your county is one where radionuclide testing is required in order to receive interim approval for drilling a well.
For guidance on conducting this testing properly, see Radionuclide Testing for Interim Approval of Well Completion.
Status of Reviews in Progress
To view the status of plan reviews, go to the Water Districts Database and select the "Reports" menu. Then select "PTR Plan Review Report" from the drop-down menu, then choose "Select Report."
When you see the question "Are you ready to process the report?" select "Yes." It may take several minutes for the report to download. Download illustrated instructions for accessing the report.
The report will show all plans that have been submitted and whether they (1) have not yet been assigned, or (2) are currently under review. The plans are listed alphabetically by the name of the water system.
If you have questions about the status, please e-mail us at PlanDist@tceq.texas.gov and refer to your project's log number.
For more information, e-mail us at PlanDist@tceq.texas.gov or call us at 512-239-4691.