|(a) Purpose and scope.
(1) The purpose of this section is to establish fees
for services provided by the commission to public water systems.
(2) The commission will provide services to public
water systems, as follows:
(A) scheduling of analysis of drinking water for chemical
(B) collection of samples of drinking water for chemical
(C) review system data for evaluation of sampling waivers;
(D) inspect public water systems;
(E) review plans for new systems and major improvements
to existing systems; and
(F) provide technical assistance as needed.
(3) The fees which the commission will charge for services
provided to community and nontransient noncommunity water systems
under this subsection will be according to the following schedule.
(A) For a system with fewer than 25 connections, the
fee will be an amount up to a maximum of $200.
(B) For systems with 25 - 160 connections, the fee
will be an amount up to a maximum of $300.
(C) For a system with greater than or equal to 161
connections, the fee will be an amount up to a maximum of $4.00 per
(i) The number of connections will be determined from
data collected from the latest agency inspection report.
(ii) All nontransient noncommunity systems, state,
federal, and other community water system installations determined
by the commission to serve large populations through a few connections
will have the number of connections for fee purposes determined by
dividing the population served by a value of ten.
(iii) Examples of such installations include, but are
not limited to, universities, children's homes, correctional facilities,
and military facilities which generally do not bill customers for
(4) New public water systems will not be assessed a
fee for services until water is supplied to the first connection.
(5) The commission will charge a fee of $100 for services
provided to noncommunity water systems which are not addressed in
paragraph (3) of this subsection.
(6) All fees are due by January 1 of each year, shall
be paid by check, money order, electronic funds transfer, or through
the agency's payment portal, and shall be made payable to the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality. Penalties and interest for the
late payment of fees shall be assessed in accordance with Chapter
12 of this title (relating to Payment of Fees).
(b) Failure to make payments as required under this
section will subject the violator to the penalty provisions of the
Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 341, Subchapter C.
(c) The commission may adjust the fee rates in subsection
(a) of this section through an appropriate notification process, such
as, but not limited to, Texas Register publication,
based on the agency's cost of administering the water programs.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §290.51 adopted to be effective December 21, 1993, 18 TexReg 9105; amended to be effective February 14, 1997, 22 TexReg 1323; amended to be effective December 30, 2001, 26 TexReg 10616; amended to be effective July 30, 2009, 34 TexReg 4893; amended to be effective June 2, 2016, 41 TexReg 3906