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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.

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After the Flood: Is Your Water Safe to Drink?
After a flood, drinking water sources may be contaminated - - be safe before you drink the water.
Bottled Water
In order to produce bottled water in Texas, the system must meet PWS requirements; this gives information about those rules.
Controlling Nitrification in Chloraminating Water Systems
How to detect and prevent the formation of nitrites and nitrates from residual chloramine disinfectant or free ammonia in a water distribution system.
DBP2 and LT2 Training Opportunities
How to register for webcasts, teleconferences, and other events set up to provide training on the Stage 2 Disinfection Byproduct Rule (DBP2) and Long Term 2 Rule (LT2).
Public Water System Acronyms
Commonly used acronyms that may be found in TCEQ publications and forms, and on this Web site.
Public Water System Chemical Sampling and Monitoring Frequency
Basic information for public water systems about sampling and monitoring requirements.
Response to an Alleged Waterborne Disease Outbreak
This staff guidance has expired and is no longer in effect. In addition, all staff guidances are undergoing review and possible revision to meet current rules and regulations as well as agency standards to include standard operating procedures.
Review of Plans for Public Water Systems
Information about TCEQ reviews of technical plans before construction begins. List of plans under review with estimated review timelines.
Sanitary Survey Guide from EPA
This summary was extracted from EPA's 182-page guidance for sanitary surveys.
Special Precautions Flowchart: Responding to a Loss of Pressure in Your Distribution System
Flowchart taken from 30 TAC Chapter 290 Subchapter D, Public Drinking Water Rules, to be followed by a public water supplier to determine appropriate response to loss of pressure in all or part of the water distribution system.
Using Bleach for Disinfecting Drinking Water and Water Wells
Guidance for determining which bleaches may be used for disinfecting water that is to be used for drinking, preparing foods, or other forms of consumption.
What is a Sanitary Survey?
A sanitary survey provides guidance for an operator to determine if a water treatment plant is in good working order.
What to Do in a Water Crisis
What to do and how to contact the TCEQ when immediate action is needed, as with loss of supply, loss of pressure, or contamination, regardless of the cause.