Texas Effluent Limitations: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Effluent guidelines and standards for Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permits: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 305.541

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Water quality standards: 30 TAC 307.1 to 307.10

Effluent limitations: 30 TAC 307.4

Antidegradation policies: 30 TAC 307.5

Site-specific criteria: 30 TAC 307.7

Sampling and analysis: 30 TAC 307.9

Domestic sewage: 30 TAC 309.1

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Office of Water Water Quality Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In Texas, dischargers must follow the state effluent limitation regulations as well as EPA's regulations. When a discharge permit is issued, TCEQ establishes monitoring parameters on a case-by-case basis, taking the federal limits into consideration. The state has established its own effluent limitations for domestic wastewater treatment plants, surface water quality, and aquifer protection. See the national section EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS for more information on the federal requirements and the state section NPDES PERMIT for information on discharge permit requirements.

Administration and enforcement. TCEQ's Water Quality Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's effluent limitation regulations and for developing surface water quality standards.

State Requirements


30 TAC 307.1 to 307.10

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