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Oil and Gas Facilities: Water Compliance Information

Water compliance tools for oil and gas facilities in Texas.

Water Compliance Information

  • HOTOil and Gas Wastewater Stakeholder Group House Bill 2771, 86th Texas Legislature, directed TCEQ to seek NPDES delegation for discharges of produced water, hydrostatic test water, and gas plant effluent into surface water in the state resulting from certain oil and gas activities. State permitting authority for these discharges will transfer from the RRC to TCEQ upon NPDES delegation.
  • Regulation of Oil and Gas Construction ActivitiesExit the TCEQ under EPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for Stormwater
  • Water Rights–Any activity intending to divert, impound, take or use surface water, or begin construction for the above-listed activities must be permitted by the TCEQ prior to commencement.
  • Temporary water rights – May not be granted in river basins that are affected by drought. There are two categories of temporary water rights, those requesting 10 acre-feet or less for one year or less and those requesting more than 10 acre-feet per year for no more than 3 years.
  • Groundwater – Texas groundwater is managed by regional Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs). Maps, facts, and contact information can be found on the TCEQ GCD webpage and the Texas Water Development GCD webpageExit the TCEQ. The Texas Groundwater Protection Committee has several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on GCDs (listed under the Administrative Entities heading) and additional information on Oil, Gas & Mining.
  • Dam Safety – When a person proposes to conduct certain activities near a dam, the owner of the dam or our executive director may request that the person have a professional engineer perform an evaluation to determine if the integrity of the dam would be compromised.
  • Reclaimed Water – Without access to sewer service, you must obtain other authorization to discharge wastewater. Use the following links to determine if the Industrial Reclaimed Water Reuse Permit is right for you.
  • Public Water System–You may meet the TCEQ definition of a “Public Water System” if you supply water for drinking, hand washing, dish washing, cooking, or bathing to 15 connections or more or 25 people or more, for at least 60 days out of the year. Public Water Systems must comply with TCEQ’s regulations.
  • On-Site Sewage Facilities – Wastewater treatment facilities, including on-site sewage facilities (septic systems), are regulated by the TCEQ or a local authority.
  • Transporter and Hauler Requirements–Common questions and answers for Transporter and Hauler requirements

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Where can I find more information and assistance?

The TCEQ's Small Business and Local Government Assistance Section offers free, confidential help to small businesses and local governments working to comply with state environmental regulations. Call us at (800) 447-2827 or visit our Web page at TexasEnviroHelp.org.