Texas Water - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Water - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Wastewater: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 305.1 to 305.541

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Effluent limitations: 30 TAC 307 and 30 TAC 309

Thermal discharges: 30 TAC 307.4

Pretreatment standards: 30 TAC 251.1 and 30 TAC 285.32

Agricultural waste: 30 TAC 321.31 to 321.47

Registration and licensing: 30 TAC 30.331 to 30.355

Release notification: 30 TAC 327.32

Drinking water: 30 TAC 290.38 to 290.122

Groundwater: 31 TAC 356.1 to 356.46

Underground injection wells: 30 TAC 331.1 to 331.186

Oil spills: 30 TAC 327.1 to 327.31

Wetlands: 30 TAC 279.1 to 279.13

Water-saving plumbing fixtures: 30 TAC 290.251 to 290.266

Conservation performance standards: 30 TAC 290.251

Design standards: 30 TAC 290.252

Equipment exemptions: 30 TAC 290.256

Plumbing fixture list: 30 TAC 290.253 and 30 TAC 290.254

Fees: 30 TAC 290.255

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Water Bureau

Railroad Commission of Texas (RCT)

Texas General Land Office (GLO)

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

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Texas has been delegated the authority to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program in the state. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) program now has regulatory authority over discharges of pollutants to Texas surface waters. Texas has received primacy to enforce the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

Texas has also established the Water-Saving Plumbing Fixture Program to promote water conservation.

Administration and enforcement. ...

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