Texas Pretreatment Standards regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Pretreatment Standards: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Industrial dischargers: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 305.533, 30 TAC 305.62 (amendments), and 30 TAC 315.1 (adopting federal pretreatment standards)

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Pretreatment of domestic sewage: 30 TAC 285.32

Drinking water from reservoirs: 30 TAC 290.42

Regulatory Agency

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.

State Requirements


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:

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