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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 344LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION
SUBCHAPTER BSTANDARDS OF CONDUCT FOR IRRIGATORS, INSTALLERS, IRRIGATION TECHNICIANS, AND IRRIGATION INSPECTORS, AND LOCAL REQUIREMENTS
RULE §344.24Local Regulation and Inspection

(a) Where any city, town, county, special purpose district, other political subdivision of the state, or public water supplier requires licensed irrigators, installers, irrigation technicians, or irrigation inspectors to comply with reasonable inspection requirements, ordinances, or regulations designed to protect the public water supply, any of which relates to work performed or to be performed within such political subdivision's territory the licensed irrigator, installer, irrigation technician, or irrigation inspector must comply with such requirements, ordinances, and regulations.

(b) Any city, town, county, other political subdivision of the state, or public water supplier that is not required to adopt rules or ordinances regulating landscape irrigation may adopt a landscape irrigation program by ordinance or rule and may be responsible for inspection of connections to its public water supply system up to and including the backflow prevention device.

(c) Municipalities with a population of 20,000 or more and a water district that chooses to implement a landscape irrigation program must verify that the irrigator that designs and installs an irrigation system holds a valid irrigator's license and has obtained a permit before installing a system within its territorial limits or if a municipality, its extraterritorial jurisdiction. Inspectors must verify that the design and installation meet the requirements of this chapter and local ordinances or rules that do not conflict with this chapter, or that are more stringent than this chapter.

(d) Each inspector shall maintain a log of all irrigation systems inspected that includes, but is not limited to, the system location, property owner, irrigator responsible for installation, permit status, problems noted during the inspection, and date of the inspection. The log must be kept for three years. The log shall be available for review within two business days of the request by authorized representatives of the commission or any regulatory authority with jurisdiction over landscape irrigation issues in the area the inspector is employed to inspect.

(e) An inspector may not inspect a landscape irrigation system that is an on-site sewage disposal system, as defined by Texas Health and Safety Code, §366.002.

(f) An inspector may not inspect an irrigation system that is used on or by an agricultural operation as defined by Texas Agricultural Code, §251.002; or is connected to a groundwater well that is used by the property owner for domestic use.


Source Note: The provisions of this §344.24 adopted to be effective January 1, 2009, 33 TexReg 5713

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