"Don't Mess with Texas Water": A Way to Report Illegal Dumping
The TCEQ is working to implement the new Don’t Mess with Texas Water program created by House Bill 451 to safeguard our lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams.
- About the Don't Mess with Texas Water Program
- Get Involved
- Areas Participating in the Don't Mess with Texas Water Program
- Other Illegal-Dumping Reporting Programs
- Additional Information for Local Governments
The Don’t Mess with Texas Water program works to help prevent illegal dumping that could contaminate surface waters in Texas. We are working with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and participating communities to place signs on major highway water crossings that notify drivers of a toll-free number to call to report illegal dumping.
We will forward calls from the toll-free number to the appropriate local enforcement agency that handles complaints of illegal dumping for a participating area.
Cities and counties may choose to participate in this program. We will list participating communities on this page as they join the program. See if your area is participating.
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Are you a local government interested in participating? Call 512-239-3143 or e-mail us for more information.
If your local government is not listed below, see the list of Other Illegal-Dumping Reporting Programs.
- City of Harlingen
- City of Brownsville
- City of Corpus Christi
- City of Laredo
- City of McAllen
- City of San Benito
Many other illegal-dumping reporting programs exist throughout Texas. These links take you off the TCEQ website . If you are unable to find a program in your area, contact your local law enforcement or sheriff’s office for guidance.
- Capital Area Council of Governments
(Counties Served: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Travis, Williamson)
- City of Arlington
- City of Bryan
- City of DeSoto
- City of Fort Worth
- City of Lubbock
- Collin County
- El Paso County
- Fort Bend County
- Hidalgo County
- Lower Colorado River Authority
(Counties Served: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Colorado, Fayette, Llano, Matagorda, San Saba, Travis, Wharton)
- North Central Texas Council of Governments
(Counties Served: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell , Tarrant, Wise)
- Texoma Council of Governments
(Counties Served: Cooke, Fannin, Grayson)
- Walker County
- West Central Texas Council of Governments
(Counties Served: Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor, Throckmorton)
Resources to manage municipal solid waste issues, including illegal dumping.
Guide to help prevent illegal dumping.
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