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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 (PDF, Word), 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.

Application Cover Page

General Information

Geologic Assessment

  • Form TCEQ-0585 (PDF, Word)
  • Instructions to Geologists TCEQ-0585-Instructions (PDF, Word)
  • Geologic Assessment Table TCEQ-0585-Table (PDF, Excel)

Water Pollution Abatement Plan Application

  • Form TCEQ-0584 (PDF, Word)
  • Application Checklist TCEQ-0584-Checklist (PDF, Word)

Temporary Stormwater Section

Permanent Stormwater Section

Agent Authorization

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

Application Fee

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

Core Data Form

  • Form TCEQ-10400 (PDF, Word)
  • Instructions TCEQ-10400-Instructions (Word)

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

Hot Topic Edwards Aquifer Protection Program (EAPP) Public Hearings
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ or commission) will conduct public hearings to receive comments from the public on actions the commission should take to protect the Edwards Aquifer from pollution, as required under Texas Water Code, §26.046.  This requirement assists the commission in its shared responsibility with local governments such as cities and groundwater conservation districts to protect the water quality of the aquifer. 

The hearings will be held at the following times and locations: Monday, October 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the TCEQ Park 35 Office Complex, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Building E, Room 201S, Austin; and Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Tesoro Building, Alamo Area Council of Governments, Al J. Notzon III Board Room, 8700 Tesoro Drive, San Antonio. 

For further information or questions concerning these hearings, please contact Mr. Bailey at (512) 239-6956, or visit Regulatory History of the Edwards Aquifer.

Hot Topic Download the New Application Forms
The Edwards Aquifer Protection Plan forms have been updated. Download the forms at Edwards Aquifer Forms, Instructions, and Checklists.

Include the Required Cover Page
When you submit an Edwards Aquifer Application, you must include a certified cover page. Access a copy at Edwards Aquifer Forms, Instructions, and Checklists.

Utilize the Application Checklists
Use the application checklists to help you compile the necessary forms and attachments to submit a complete plan. See Edwards Aquifer Protection Plans to access your checklist.

Submit a Complete Application
To learn how to submit a complete plan, see Application Submission and Review.