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Drinking Water Lead and Copper Program

The Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) protects public health by minimizing lead and copper levels in drinking water, primarily by reducing corrosion of plumbing materials. This rule applies to all community water systems and non-transient non-community water systems. On this page, find a link to Texas Drinking Water Watch, instructions, guidance, forms and information for public water systems, laboratories, and the general public.

2023 Sample Schedules

Lead Copper Tap Monitoring

Water Quality Parameter Monitoring

  • 6M1 2023 - Sample during January 1 through June 30, 2023
  • Annual 2023 - Sample during January 1 through December 31, 2023

Texas Drinking Water Watchholds the information we have for your public water system and is open to the public. Use this database to view sample results, schedules, violations, and public notice due dates.

On December 16, 2021, EPA announced next steps to strengthen the regulatory framework on lead in drinking water. Following the agency’s review of the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) under Executive Order 13990, EPA has concluded that there are significant opportunities to improve the rule to support the overarching goal of proactively removing lead service lines and more equitably protecting public health.

In a Federal Register Notice, EPA announced that the LCRR will go into effect to support near-term development of actions to reduce lead in drinking water. At the same time, EPA will develop a new proposed rulemaking to strengthen key elements of the rule. The agency anticipates finalizing the forthcoming Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) prior to October 16, 2024, the initial compliance date in the LCRR.

CWSs and NTNCs with service lines (public or private) connected to the public water distribution system must complete a comprehensive spreadsheet inventory using form Microsoft Excel Document TCEQ-20943. (Rev. Date - 1/25/2023)

Helpful Links and Contact Information

TCEQ, Lead and Copper Program
P. O. Box 13087,MC-155
Austin, TX 78711-3087
Phone (512) 239-4691 Fax (512) 239-6050

Lead and Copper Regulations Texas Administrative Code §290.117

TCEQ's Financial, Managerial, and Technical (FMT) Assistance program offers free financial, managerial, and technical assistance to help public water and wastewater systems comply with regulations.

TCEQ's Public Notice Language for Drinking Water Compliance