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Available Water Quality General Permits

View a list of general permits that authorize the discharge of wastewater and/or stormwater into waters in the state.

The discharge of wastewater and certain types of stormwater into or adjacent to water in the state (HTML) must be authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This authorization may come in the form of an individual discharge permit or a general permit. Seeking authorization under a general permit is generally less time-consuming than authorization under an individual permit and usually requires fewer resources.

The status of general permits that are being renewed or amended will be discussed at quarterly Water Quality Advisory Workgroup meetings, which are open to the public.

Renewal of the Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals General Permit No. TXG340000

TCEQ is proposing to renew and amend the Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals General Permit TXG340000 which authorizes discharges of facility wastewater, contact stormwater, and stormwater associated with industrial activities into or adjacent to water in the state from petroleum bulk stations and terminals. The current permit expires on October 24, 2022.The comment period ended on April 25, 2022. The commission is expected to take action on this permit renewal and amendment on August 10, 2022.

HOTUPDATERenewal of the Construction General Permit No. TXR150000

TCEQ is proposing to renew and amend the Construction General Permit (CGP) TXR150000, which authorizes stormwater discharges from construction sites into surface water in the state. The current permit expires on March 5, 2023. The TCEQ published notice of the proposed 2023 CGP in the Texas Register and Houston Chronicle newspaper. The proposed general permit and fact sheet are now available for review as part of the 30-day public comment period, ending October 17, 2022, at 11:59 PM CDT. For more information regarding comment submittal, please visit the Construction General Permit webpage.

Renewal of the Petroleum Contaminated Water General Permit No. TXG830000

TCEQ is proposing to renew and amend the Petroleum Contaminated Water General Permit TXG830000, which authorizes discharges of water contaminated by petroleum substances into or adjacent to any water in the state. The renewal with amendments would replace the current permit when it expires on September 12, 2023.

Renewal of the Livestock Manure Compost General Permit No. WQG200000

TCEQ is proposing to renew the Livestock Manure Compost General Permit WQG200000, which authorizes disposal of wastewater generated from livestock manure compost operations by evaporation or beneficial use by irrigation adjacent to water in the state. The renewal with amendments would replace the current permit when it expires on November 10, 2023.

Renewal of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System General Permit No. TXR040000

TCEQ is proposing to renew and amend the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit TXR040000, which authorizes discharges of stormwater to surface water in the state from small MS4s. The renewal with amendments would replace the current permit when it expires on January 24, 2024.

The following Water Quality General Permits are available:

  • Conventional Water Treatment Plant General Permit (TXG640000) (HTML), which authorizes discharges from conventional water treatment plants.

  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) (TXR040000) (HTML), which authorizes discharges of stormwater from certain small MS4s.

  • Construction General Permit (TXR150000) (HTML), which authorizes discharges of stormwater from construction activities.

  • Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals General Permit (TXG340000) (HTML), which authorizes discharges from petroleum bulk stations and terminals.

  • Hydrostatic Test Water General Permit (TXG670000) (HTML), which authorizes the discharge of hydrostatic test waters.

  • Petroleum Contaminated Water General Permit (TXG830000) (HTML), which authorizes the discharge of water contaminated by petroleum substances.

  • Pesticides General Permit (PGP) TXG870000 (HTML), which authorizes the discharge of pesticides for the control of mosquitoes and other insects, vegetation and algae, animal pests, area-wide pests, and forest-canopy pests.

  • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) General Permit (TXG920000) (HTML), which authorizes the discharge of manure, litter, and wastewater into or adjacent to water in the state from CAFOs.

  • Livestock Manure Compost General Permit (WQG200000) (HTML), which authorizes the disposal of wastewater generated from livestock manure compost operations by evaporation or irrigation.

  • John Graves Scenic Riverway Permit (TXG500000) (HTML), which authorizes discharges from certain quarries located in the John Graves Scenic Riverway.

  • Evaporation Pond General Permit (WQG100000) (HTML), which authorizes wastewater generated by industrial or water treatment facilities to be disposed of by evaporation from surface impoundments adjacent to water in the state.

  • Harris County On-site Wastewater General Permit (application/pdfTXG530000) Adobe Acrobat PDF Document, which authorizes the discharge of wastewater from on-site treatment systems connected to single family residences located in Harris County, Texas.

  • Aquaculture General Permit (TXG130000) (HTML), which authorizes discharges from aquaculture facilities and certain related activities.

  • Multi-Sector General Permit (TXR050000) (HTML), which authorizes discharges of stormwater from certain industrial activities.

  • Concrete Batch Plant General Permit (TXG110000) (HTML), which authorizes discharges from ready-mixed concrete plants, concrete products plants, and their associated facilities.

Contact Wastewater program if you have questions.