TCEQ Releases Updated Wastewater Treatment Guidelines

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has updated its guidelines for initiating enforcement actions against wastewater treatment plants. Enforcement action is now triggered when the effluent level of a wastewater treatment plant exceeds its permitted limits for bacteria and certain non-bacterial contaminants.  Implementation of these changes will be phased in, and enforcement efforts will initially focus on discharges that are impacting impaired water bodies. 

The changes to the enforcement criteria are available online at:

A facility that does not yet have bacteria limits in its permit will need to begin sampling and troubleshooting to ensure compliance when the limits go into effect.  More information about bacteria limits and testing is available at:

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