Texas Drinking Water regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Drinking Water: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Public water systems (PWS): 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 290.38 to 290.47

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Operating practices for public drinking water systems: 30 TAC 290.46

Consumer confidence reports: 30 TAC 290.271 to 290.273

Water system operator: 30 TAC 30.381 to 30.402

Water treatment specialists: 30 TAC 30.261 to 30.279

Water-saving plumbing fixtures: 30 TAC 290.251 to 290.266

Regulatory Agency

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Office of Permitting, Remediation, and Registration Water Supply Division

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The state generally requires that public water systems (PWS) must follow the federal rules for protecting drinking water under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). For additional information, see the national section DRINKING WATER.

The state also enforces the federal requirements for consumer confidence reports and has some additional requirements for manufacturers and suppliers of water-related equipment for conserving water. Texas also requires that water supply system operators and water treatment specialists be licensed.

Administration and enforcement. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) Water Supply Division is responsible for the quantity and availability of water in Texas and oversees public drinking water protection by implementation of the SDWA.

State Requirements


30 TAC 290.46

Before the construction of a PWS, plans must be submitted to the TCEQ for review and approval. All public water systems must be constructed in conformance with requirements and maintained and operated in accordance with the minimum acceptable operating practices. Owners and ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agency
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements