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Water Pollution Abatement Plan

Provides the definition of a water pollution abatement plan, outlines who is required to submit a plan to the TCEQ, lists the required forms, and provides fee information.

What is a water pollution abatement plan (WPAP)?

A WPAP is a detailed plan that outlines best management practices that will be implemented in order to protect water quality when a regulated activity Exit the TCEQ is conducted in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone.

Who is required to prepare and submit a WPAP?

A water pollution abatement plan is required for any regulated activity proposed in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. This includes any construction-related activity, such as:

  •  the construction of buildings, utility stations, roads, highways, railroads
  •  clearing, excavation, or any other activities that alter or disturb the topographic, geologic, or existing recharge characteristics of a site
  •  any other activities with a potential for contaminating the Edwards Aquifer and hydrologically connected surface streams

When should a WPAP be submitted to the TCEQ?

A WPAP must go through the application submission and review process and be approved prior to the commencement of construction or other regulated activities.

How much is the fee?

The fee is based on the acreage of the entire area included within the legal boundaries of the property described in the application and the type of development (one single-family dwelling; multiple single-family residential or parks; and non-residential). The minimum fee is $650; the maximum, $10,000. For additional information on fees, view the Application Fee Form (TCEQ-0574), which includes a complete fee schedule.

How do I know what forms to complete?

Use the forms listed below to prepare your water pollution abatement plan application.

If you are installing an organized sewage collection system, an underground storage tank, or an aboveground storage tank, review the Edwards Aquifer Protection Plan - Required Forms Flowchart to determine if additional forms are required.

Are there any tips for completing this type of plan?

  • Do not leave any questions unanswered. If a question does not apply to your site, enter “N/A” in the blank and briefly explain why the question does not apply.

General Information

Geologic Assessment

Water Pollution Abatement Plan Application

Temporary Stormwater Section

Permanent Stormwater Section

Agent Authorization

  • Form (TCEQ-0599), if application submitted by agent

Application Fee

  • Form (TCEQ-0574)
  • Check payable to the “Texas Commission on Environmental Quality”

Core Data Form

Who can I contact if I need help?

If you are located in Williamson, Travis, or Hays County, call the TCEQ’s Austin Regional Office at 512-339-2929. For help in Comal, Bexar, Medina, Uvalde, or Kinney County, call TCEQ’s San Antonio Regional Office at 210-490-3096.

Program Updates

Change to the Administrative Review Process
Beginning Nov. 1, 2014, the Application Submission and Review process will change for EAPP applications. Important information

Public Meetings

The TCEQ is holding its annual public hearings to receive comments about protecting the Edwards Aquifer from pollution. There will be a meeting in Austin and one in San Antonio:

Dec. 16, 2014, Austin
Dec. 17, 2014, San Antonio

Important information