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Drinking Water

Ensuring that water produced and distributed by a public water system is safe to drink. Consumer confidence reports, monitoring, notification, and approval requirements.

Consumer Issues and Safety Measures

Owning or Operating a Public Water System

  • Lead and Copper Program for Drinking Water Updated Information
    The list of systems scheduled to sample this year, forms for sampling, how to find a laboratory, and all other questions concerning Lead and Copper tap water sampling and Water Quality Parameter sampling.
  • Assessing and Protecting Water Sources
    Support for public water systems to identify and implement measures that will protect their sources of water from contamination.
  • Water Districts
    Information about creating, funding, or managing a water district in Texas.
  • Establishing a New Water System
    Requirements that new water systems must meet before construction may begin.
  • Operating a Public Water System
    Your source of water and all the equipment and pipes between it and the customer's meter—how to operate it to ensure the protection of public health.
  • Preparing for Disaster
    What to do to prepare your public water system before a natural disaster strikes.
  • EPA's Drinking-Water Enforcement Response Policy
    An approach for enforcement targeting under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
  • Templates for Public Notices
    Public notice templates. Mandatory wording certifying that you’ve notified customers about violations your system may have incurred.
  • PWS Rules and Regulations
    Find the principal rules and related guidance for operators of public water systems in Texas.
  • Operator Notice Form Picture

    In accordance with 30 Title, Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 290.46 (p)(2), on an annual basis the owner of a PWS shall provide the TCEQ with a list of all operators and operating companies that the PWS uses.  The notice shall contain the name, contact information, work status, license number, and license class of each operator and the name and registration number of each operating company.

  • State of Texas Public Drinking Water Program Annual Compliance Reports

    Section 1414(c)(3) of the Safe Drinking Water Act requires that each state that has been granted primacy prepare an annual report on violations of national primary drinking water regulations within the state, make the report readily available to the public, and submit it to the EPA. The TCEQ Annual Compliance Reports fulfill this responsibility for Texas, and includes violations of Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs), maximum residual disinfectant levels (MRDLs), treatment technique requirements, variances and exceptions, significant monitoring and consumer notification violations.