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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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Is My Public Water System Affected by the DBP2 and LT2 Rules?
Use this list to find out whether TCEQ data have assigned your PWS to the correct group for implementation of the new Disinfection Byproduct Stage 2 and Long Term 2 rules.

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.

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Reporting Requirements for Public Water Systems
Report forms and instructions. Where to send reports. How often to send them.

GPS Tools for Public Water System Professionals
Tools for using global positioning system technology in assessing and maintaining your public water system.

Staff Guidance Documents for Public Water Systems
Staff guidance documents for professionals to consult on how TCEQ interprets particular policies.

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).

Feasibility Study Instructions for Public Water Systems
Feasibility study information

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This staff guidance has expired and is no longer in effect.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.

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.

Submit Public Water System Plans for Review
Information about submitting your plans to TCEQ to be reviewed before construction begins. List of plans under review and estimated review timelines.

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.