Governing Law and Regulations
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Water Quality Division
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Texas has adopted the federal pretreatment regulations for industrial discharges. Approved pretreatment programs are required to report annually to TCEQ.
In addition, the state has pretreatment standards for domestic sewage. The sewerage system owner has direct responsibility and control over all aspects of the sewage pretreatment operations. In addition, reservoirs for pretreatment and/or water quality control must be provided where complete treatment at drinking water supply facilities fail to operate satisfactorily at times of maximum turbidities or when other abnormal water quality conditions exist.
• Administration and enforcement. TCEQ's Water Quality Division is authorized to administer and enforce the state's pretreatment program. TCEQ also performs audits of facilities with approved pretreatment programs every 5 years and schedules periodic pretreatment inspections between audits.
Each year, approved Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) pretreatment programs must report to TCEQ in the month required in their TPDES permit. The annual pretreatment program report must include the following items:
- Pretreatment Performance ...