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Advisory Committee for Water Utility Operator Licensing

Advisory committee that advises the TCEQ on matters related to training and licensing of water and waste water utility operators.

Members of the Water Utility Operator Licensing Advisory Committee (WUOLAC) advise and assist the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on matters related to training and licensing of water and wastewater operators.


NEW The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is currently accepting applications and nominations for appointments as members of the TCEQ Water Utility Occupational Licensing Advisory Committee (WUOLAC).

The main objectives of the committee include offering feedback and advice to TCEQ on matters related to the training and licensing of water and wastewater operators; including training and exam materials, rules and other regulatory guidance; and promoting interaction with other industry organizations. Since committee members may assist with reviewing exams for all levels of licenses, preference is given to applicants with class A and B water or wastewater operator licenses.

The committee meets, as needed, up to four times a year.  Meetings are held virtually or at the TCEQ offices located at 12100 Park 35 Circle in Austin, Texas, and may last up to three hours.  No financial compensation is available. 

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., on March 11, 2024. Applications will be accepted by email with the Subject line “WUOLAC Nomination”, or via United States mail to: Training Specialist, Occupational Licensing Section, MC 178, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 13087, Austin Texas, 78711-3087.

WUOLAC Membership Application

About the WUOLAC

The Water Utility Operator Licensing Advisory Committee (WUOLAC) is composed of 13 members who are appointed by the commission. The committee membership represents various geographic areas of the state, ethnicity, businesses, governments, associations, and industries. The authority for the committee is found in Title 30 TAC, Chapter 5 . Committee members serve staggered terms.

The objectives of the committee are:

  • To review training and educational material to promote quality education and training;
  • To advise and assist regarding licensing requirements and to review Job Analysis exam validation;
  • To assist with the review of rules, regulations, guidance documents, and policy statements; and
  • To represent a diverse community and to promote interaction with outside organizations.

For further information, call the TCEQ Operator Licensing Section at 1-512-239-6300, or e-mail

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Tentative Future WUOLAC Meeting Dates

  • January 18, 2024, Building A, Room 173, 9:00 AM (cancelled)
  • April 15, 2024, Building F, Room 2210, 9:00 AM
  • July 15, 2024, Building F, Room 2210, 10:00 AM

    To attend this virtual meeting, please send an email request to:

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WUOLAC Members

Name Title Location Term Expires:
Larry Bell Technical Assistant Director, TRWA Huntington August 31, 2024
Harrold Burris Wastewater Plant Supervisor for the city of Wichita Falls Byers August 31, 2026
Angel Bustamante Water Operations Manager for the city of El Paso El Paso August 31, 2026
David Garza Director of Wastewater Systems, McAllen Pharr August 31, 2024
David Harris Deputy Executive Manager, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Seguin August 31, 2024
Jake Hollingsworth Strategy and Performance Manager, Gulf Coast Water Authority League City August 31, 2024
Melissa Loyd Supervisor of Water Production Wastewater at Texas A&M UES College Station August 31, 2026
Joseph McDaniel Field Supervisor for Aqua Texas, Inc Granbury August 31, 2026
Karen Menard Manager, Regulatory Resources, Trinity River Authority Arlington August 31, 2024
Cory Moose Superintendent, City of Midland Midland August 31, 2026
Raymond Perez SAWS Director of Treatment Operations and Maintenance San Antonio August 31, 2026
Robb Starr Operations Manager, Lumberton Municipal Utility District Kountze August 31, 2024
Crystal Ybanez Water Quality Manager, City of Corpus Christi Corpus Christi August 31, 2024

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WUOLAC Meeting Minutes, 

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