Hot Topics in Drinking Water
- Drinking Water Advisory Work Group (DWAWG)
Meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes from past meetings of this open-participation group, which meets quarterly to discuss compliance with state and federal drinking-water regulations and improving customer service.
Consumer Issues and Safety Measures
- 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.
- Consumer Concerns
Is your water supply contaminated? Identify the problem. Find out if it could affect your health. Learn more about notices or reports from your supplier.
- How To Find A Licensed Water System Operator
How to use our database to find out whether a water system operator's certification is up to date, including current continuing education credits.
Owning or Operating a Public Water System
- Lead and Copper Program for Drinking Water
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.
The federal Revised Total Coliform Rule protects public health by reducing potential pathways for fecal contamination into public drinking water distribution systems. All public water systems must comply with the Revised Total Coliform Rule requirements effective April 1, 2016.
TCEQ's public drinking water program is a part of the state's Public Water Supply Supervision Program (PWSSP). This page includes links to TCEQ's PWSSP Quality Assurance Project Plan which includes important information for laboratories submitting analytical results to TCEQ for use in compliance.
- 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.
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.
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.