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Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) General Permit Number TXR040000 (the permit) on December 13, 2013, with an effective date of December 13, 2013. This permit regulates the quality of stormwater that discharges from within Districts. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered the State of Texas to improve the quality of stormwater runoff.

Did you know that stormwater currently receives no treatment? Water that flows into your stormwater drainage system goes directly into our bayous, rivers, and bays. Whatever is put down the storm drains is untreated and flows into the Water of the USA.

Standards of water quality affect every resident in your District. In an effort to improve the water quality of our streams, this Permit encourages public awareness and environmental stewardship. Non-allowable discharges, such as grass clippings, tree trimmings, oils, and grease are a violation of the permit and the District’s rate orders. Making an illegal discharge is punishable by fines or water service termination. If you see any spills or illegal dumping into the storm drains, your Operator, or Storm Water Solutions should be contacted as soon as possible. You can also use Cleanbayous.org to file a report or to find additional information about stormwater quality.