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Auto Salvage Yards: Compliance Resources

Information and tools for small business owners of auto salvage yards in Texas.


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  • Am I a Public Water System? If you have a private well, you may be a public water system.
  • You're a Public Water System…Now What? (RG-496) Adobe Acrobat PDF Document – A guide for rules and regulations that apply to public water systems, especially for those who may have recently learned they own a PWS.
  • Permitting a Septic System You must check with your local permitting authority, and you can use a septic system for toilet and kitchen wastewater only. Process water is prohibited.
  • If you are connected to a sewer system, contact your local Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) before discharging to their system.
  • If you are not connected to a POTW, you may containerize your wastewater for disposal, apply for an industrial re-use authorization, or apply for an individual permit.


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Compliance Overview Tools

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.

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