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Establishing a New Public Water System: The Basics

Simplified overview of the essential points to consider in establishing a new public water system.

In setting up a public water system—the water supply along with any treatment works needed and the pumps and pipes that deliver drinkable water to your customers—you accept a significant responsibility for a key aspect of the health of your customers.

Here are the key steps to beginning to accept that responsibility:

  • Engineers submit your plans for review to the Plan Review Team well before construction of your planned system begins. They will help you determine if and what type of information is needed as well as what programs and regulations affect you.
  • In accordance with Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Section 290.39(m), the owner or responsible official must provide written notification to the TCEQ of the startup of a new public water supply system or the reactivation of an existing public water supply system. This notification must be made immediately upon meeting the definition of a public water system as defined in Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Section 290.38 .
  • For information regarding utilities, please contact the Public Utility Commission of Texas   for more information.

Contact us if you have questions about your drinking water system.