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TITLE 30 ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1 TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 291 UTILITY REGULATIONS
SUBCHAPTER F QUALITY OF SERVICE
RULE §291.93 Adequacy of Water Utility Service
|Sufficiency of service. Each retail public utility which provides water service shall plan, furnish, operate, and maintain production, treatment, storage, transmission, and distribution facilities of sufficient size and capacity to provide a continuous and adequate supply of water for all reasonable consumer uses. |
(1) The water system quantity and quality requirements of the commission shall be the minimum standards for determining the sufficiency of production, treatment, storage, transmission, and distribution facilities of water suppliers and the safety of the water supplied for household usage. Additional capacity shall be provided to meet the reasonable local demand characteristics of the service area, including reasonable quantities of water for outside usage and livestock.
(2) In cases of drought, periods of abnormally high usage, or extended reduction in ability to supply water due to equipment failure, to comply with a state agency or court order on conservation or other reasons identified in the utility's approved drought contingency plan required by §288.20 of this title (relating to Drought Contingency Plans for Municipal Uses by Public Water Suppliers), restrictions may be instituted to limit water usage in accordance with the utility's approved drought contingency plan. For utilities, these temporary restrictions must be in accordance with an approved drought contingency plan. Unless specifically authorized by the executive director, retail public utilities may not use water use restrictions in lieu of providing facilities which meet the minimum capacity requirements of the commission's rules in Chapter 290 of this title (relating to Rules and Regulations for Public Water Systems), or reasonable local demand characteristics during normal use periods, or when the system is not making all immediate and necessary efforts to repair or replace malfunctioning equipment.
(A) An approved drought contingency plan must be on file with the utility's approved tariff to comply with §288.20 of this title. The utility may not implement mandatory water use restrictions without an approved drought contingency plan unless authorized by the executive director.
(B) Temporary restrictions must be in accordance with the utility's approved drought contingency plan on file or specifically authorized by the executive director. The utility shall file a status report with the executive director in accordance with the requirements and time frames in the drought contingency plan for as long as water use restrictions continue or as required by the executive director. The executive director may suspend implementation of the restrictions at any time with written notice to the utility.
(C) The utility must provide written notice to each customer in accordance with the drought contingency plan prior to implementing the provisions of the plan. Mailed notice is acceptable and water use restrictions may be enforced by the utility if notice is mailed 72 hours prior to the start of rationing. If notice is hand delivered, the utility cannot enforce the provisions of the plan for 24 hours after notice is provided unless authorized by the executive director. Customer notice must contain:
(i) the date water use restrictions are to begin;
| (ii) the expected duration of the water use restrictions; |
(iii) the restrictions or stage of the plan being implemented and the specific restrictions which apply; and
| the penalties for violations of the drought contingency plan. |
(D) Notice shall be provided to the commission in accordance with §288.20(b) of this title and prior to implementing the mandatory provisions of the plan.
(3) A retail public utility that possesses a certificate of public convenience and necessity that has reached 85% of its capacity as compared to the most restrictive criteria of the commission's minimum capacity requirements in Chapter 290 of this title shall submit to the executive director a planning report that clearly explains how the retail public utility will provide the expected service demands to the remaining areas within the boundaries of its certificated area. A report is not required if the source of supply available to the utility service provider is reduced to below the 85% level due to a court or agency conservation order unless that order is expected to extend for more than 18 months from the date it is entered in which case a report shall be required.
(A) After any commission field inspection, a retail public utility must analyze the system's capacity to determine if it has reached 85% of its capacity. If the retail public utility has reached 85% of its capacity, it must file this report no later than 90 days after the date of a commission letter detailing the results of the inspection. Capacity is considered to be the overall rated capacity in number of residential connection equivalents based on the most restrictive criteria for production, treatment, storage, or pumping.
(B) The report should be submitted in writing and should contain the following:
(i) a brief description of the overall utility system and service area;
(ii) an analysis of the plant capacity as defined in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph;
(iii) details on how the retail public utility will provide service to the remaining areas within the boundaries of its certificated area. This includes projections of cost and expected design and installation dates for additional facilities.
(C) The executive director may waive or limit the reporting requirements if the retail public utility demonstrates that the projected growth of the area will not require the retail public utility to exceed 100% of its current capacity for the next five years.
(D) Any retail public utility required to file reports under this section of the rules, including those requesting waivers, shall file updated reports within 90 days after the retail public utility receives a copy of each subsequent commission field inspection report until the system demand is below 85% capacity.
(E) Submission of this report shall not relieve the retail public utility from abiding by the requirements of other regulatory agencies as set forth in §291.92 of this title (relating to Requirements by Others).
(4) Each retail public utility which possesses or is required to possess a certificate of convenience and necessity shall furnish safe water which meets the minimum quality criteria for drinking water prescribed by the commission. The supply must meet the requirements of Health and Safety Code, §341.031 and commission rules. A utility or water supply corporation which is authorized to operate without a certificate of convenience and necessity pursuant to Health and Safety Code, §13.242(c) may be required by the executive director to meet the minimum criteria prescribed by the commission if so instructed in writing.
(5) In order to protect the public health at all times, each retail public utility must promptly take all reasonable actions necessary which include implementing an effective cross-connection control program necessary to comply with §290.44(h) of this title (relating to Water Distribution). If a utility elects to develop and implement a program that exceeds the minimum requirements set forth in §290.44(h) of this title, it must secure the prior approval of the executive director and may be required to fund any expenses above the costs associated with meeting the minimum requirements without reimbursement. For example, a requirement that customers on systems without documented health hazards have backflow prevention assemblies tested on an annual basis would need to be funded by the utility without reimbursement.
(6) Every retail public utility shall maintain its facilities to protect them from contamination, ensure efficient operation, and promptly repair leaks.
Source Note: The provisions of this 291.93 adopted to be effective October 9, 1990, 15 TexReg 4019; amended to be effective January 10, 1996, 21 TexReg 114; amended to be effective February 4, 1999, 24 TexReg 738; amended to be effective October 19, 2000, 25 TexReg 10367