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Public Drinking Water

Ensuring that water produced and distributed by a public water system is safe to drink. Consumer confidence reports, monitoring, notification, and approval requirements.

Hot Topics in Drinking Water

  • Laboratory Analysis Fees Adobe Acrobat PDF DocumentUPDATE

    Laboratory analysis fees for chemical samples collected for Public Water Systems by TCEQ's Sample Collection Contractor will increase by 3 percent effective January 1, 2020. Click on the link above for an updated list of fees.

  • Texas Drinking Water Watch (DWW)
    Use this searchable database of analytical results, schedules and violations to learn more about the quality of your drinking water and your public water system's compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • 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.
  • Lead Testing in SchoolsUPDATE

    Information is provided to help schools that receive their water from a public water system and want to learn more about conducting lead testing at their facilities. Included is federal guidance on reducing lead in drinking water in schools.

Consumer Issues and Safety Measures

Owning or Operating a Public Water System

  • Lead and Copper Program for Drinking WaterUPDATE
    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.
  • Revised Total Coliform RuleUPDATE
    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.
  • Monitoring Plans for Public Water Systems & Laboratory ApprovalUPDATE
    An all-encompassing template that water systems can utilize and maintain in accordance with 30 Title, Texas Administrative Code 290.121(a)Exit the TCEQ 
  • Determining Connections and Populations Served for Public Water Systems Adobe Acrobat PDF DocumentUPDATE
    This guidance is intended to clarify practical application of “connections” and “population served” (i.e. people served) as they pertain to public water systems to ensure uniform determination.
  • Assessing and Protecting Water Sources
    Support for public water systems to identify and implement measures that will protect their sources of water from contamination.
  • Consumer Confidence Report
    Background, guidance, and instructions for community public water systems to prepare a Consumer Confidence Report.
  • Regulatory Assessment Fee
    Investor-owned utilities, water districts, water supply corporations, and certain counties are required to collect the Regulatory Assessment Fee (RAF) from retail water and wastewater customers and remit the amount to be collected to the TCEQ.
  • 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 and Boil Water NoticesUPDATE
    Public notice and certificate of delivery templates. Mandatory wording certifying that you’ve notified customers about violations your system may have incurred. Also, mandatory language for issuing and rescinding a boil water notice.
  • PWS Rules and Regulations
    Find the principal rules and related guidance for operators of public water systems in Texas.
  • Operator Notice Form Adobe Acrobat PDF Document

    Use this form to 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.

Laboratory Information

  • Public Water System Supervision ProgramUPDATE
    This page includes links to TCEQ's Public Water Supply Supervision Program's Quality Assurance Project Plan which includes important information for laboratories submitting analytical results to TCEQ for use in compliance. Public Water Systems can verify if the laboratories they use adhere to PWSSP requirements.
  • Laboratory ApprovalUPDATE
    Public water systems and laboratories are required to obtain approval to conduct certain analyses including field measurements of disinfectant, pH and temperature.  Completion of a Drinking Water Lab Approval form is required as part of each PWS's Monitoring Plan.
  • Laboratory Accreditation
    Laboratories that submit data to the TCEQ Water Supply Division for use in determining compliance must adhere to the PWSSP QAPP and be accredited under TNI.
  • Electronic Reporting
    Public water systems and laboratories may submit Disinfectant Level Quarterly Operating Reports (DLQOR) and Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) data online using E2.