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TCEQ Proposes Amendments to Landscape Irrigation Rules

January 2020 – On January 15, 2020, TCEQ commissioners approved the publication of proposed rule revisions to 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 344, Landscape Irrigation.

The proposed revisions are in response to two petitions submitted by the Irrigator Advisory Council, which were approved at the October 4, 2017 Commissioner’s Agenda.  The revisions would incorporate some of the requested changes made by the two rule petitions, as well as amend existing sections and add new sections to be better aligned with statute and other related regulations. These proposed revisions will strengthen the rules and provide for better protection of public health and better water conservation.

Information on cross-connection control and backflow prevention, a link to the current TCEQ rules, and copies of the Commission’s decision on the petitions can be found on the Landscape Irrigation Rule Petition page on TCEQ’s website.

The proposed rules will be published in the Texas Register on January 31, 2020, which will open the comment period. The comment period will close on March 3, 2020, by which time all comments are due. A public hearing is scheduled for February 27, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at the TCEQ Headquarters in Austin, located at 12100 Park 35 Circle, Building E, Room 201S. The anticipated adoption date is July 1, 2020.

The proposed revisions will be available on TCEQ’s rule proposals webpage.

For more information on providing comments to TCEQ, visit our website at:

https://www6.tceq.texas.gov/rules/ecomments/

All comments should reference Rule Project Number 2018-004-344-CE.

If you have any questions, you may contact Al Fuentes, Program Support and Environmental Assistance Division, at Alfonso.Fuentes@tceq.texas.gov or
512-239-0400.