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What Texas statutes goven Public Water Systems?

Public Water Systems are governed by several statutes, including:

  1. Texas Water Code: The Texas Water Code provides the legal framework for water resources management in the state. It establishes the regulatory framework for PWS, and gives the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) the authority to regulate and enforce the standards for the production, treatment, and distribution of public drinking water.

  2. Texas Health and Safety Code: The Texas Health and Safety Code is another important statute that regulates PWS. It provides the legal basis for the rules and regulations related to the quality of drinking water, including water sources, treatment, distribution, and monitoring.

  3. Texas Administrative Code: The Texas Administrative Code is the set of rules and regulations developed by the TCEQ to implement the statutes related to public water systems. It includes specific standards for water quality, monitoring, and reporting, and outlines the process for obtaining and maintaining a permit to operate a PWS.

  4. Safe Drinking Water Act: The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is a federal law that regulates the quality of public drinking water in the United States. The SDWA sets standards for drinking water quality and authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce the standards. The TCEQ implements the SDWA in Texas and adopts state-specific rules to ensure compliance with the federal standards.

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