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Operating a Surface Water Treatment Plant

Requirements for surface water treatment plant (SWTP) operation include disinfection, monitoring, and reporting. We provide the necessary information on these requirements to help your SWTP produce safe drinking water.

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Is My Public Water System Affected by the DBP2 and LT2 Rules?
Use this list to verify that TCEQ has assigned your PWS to the correct group for implementation of the new Disinfection Byproduct Stage 2 (DBP2) and Long Term 2 (LT2) rules.

Monitoring and Reporting for Surface Water Systems
Monitoring and reporting that you must do to confirm that your surface water system is providing safe drinking water. Public notifications of violations. Consumer confidence reports. Forms, instructions, and guidance.

Forms, Instructions, and Guidance for Surface Water Monthly Operating Reports (SWMORs)
Each public water system that operates a surface water treatment plant to produce drinking water from surface water, or from groundwater that is under the direct influence of surface water, must submit monthly data to the TCEQ. This page tells system operators how to choose the correct version of the Surface Water Monthly Operating Report (SWMOR).

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Publications and Guidance about Surface Water Treatment Plants
Guidance for all aspects of your surface water treatment plant from design and construction to day-to-day operation.

Texas Optimization Program (TOP)
Provides information on the requirements, benefits, and recognition of participating in the program.

CT Study Information
A Concentration-Time (CT) study is a formal determination of the disinfectant concentrations and the effective contact time provided by a given treatment plant.

Controlling Nitrification in Chloraminating Water Systems
How to detect and prevent the formation of nitrites and nitrates from residual chloramine disinfectant or free ammonia in a water distribution system.

How to Find a Licensed Water Operator
How to use our database to find out whether an operator's certification is up to date, including current continuing education credits.

How to Find a Water Operations Company
How to use our database to find out whether a water operations company has a current registration.

Lab Approval Form and Instructions
Public water systems must submit this lab form to be approved to analyze the following analytes themselves: turbidity, pH, temperature, TOC, UV, alkalinity, disinfectant, chlorite (at point of entry), calcium and/or phosphate.

Turbidity Boil Water Notification
Procedure to follow to issue boil water notice for high turbidity in treated surface water.