ASCE Members are encouraged to participate in the active comment period for TCEQ's proposed amendment to 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 222, Subsurface Area Drip Dispersal Systems, and Chapter 309, Domestic Wastewater Effluent Limitation and Plant Siting. Comment period and public meeting details are below:
Comment Period: 6/28/2019 - 7/30/2019
Public Meeting: 7/25/2019 10:00am
Location: TCEQ, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Building E, Room 201-S, Austin, Texas 78753
This proposed amendment is the result of a petition from the City of Austin, which was granted by TCEQ on May 11, 2016. The petition was made in response to increasing demands on water supplies and decreasing availability of contiguous or neighboring tracts of land that are large enough for domestic wastewater disposal under TCEQ's current rules. This trend currently appears in parts of Central Texas where wastewater discharge to water in the state is restricted by 30 TAC Chapter 213, Edwards Aquifer, and 30 TAC Chapter 311, Watershed Protection.
The proposed amended rules would give an applicant for a Texas Land Application Permit the option to reduce the acreage required for land application of treated domestic wastewater by obtaining a "beneficial reuse credit" that accounts for beneficial reuse (i.e., water that will not go to the applicant's permitted irrigation site). This would allow permittees and applicants to reduce the dedicated land application acreage currently required by rule. The proposed new rules would not be required-they apply only if an applicant chooses to seek a beneficial reuse credit.