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Harris County Pollution Control Services Department. Enforcement of Bacteria Requirements in Wastewater. PCS Wastewater Sampling Program. Each wastewater treatment facility is sampled several times a year based on the Pollution Control Services (PCS) compliance history of the permittee.

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Harris County Pollution Control Services Department

Enforcement of Bacteria Requirements in Wastewater.


PCS Wastewater Sampling Program

  • Each wastewater treatment facility is sampled several times a year based on the Pollution Control Services (PCS) compliance history of the permittee.

  • All our of sampling events are unannounced.

  • The results of the sampling events are compared to the TCEQ permit parameters and violation notices are issued when sample results exceed permit parameters.

  • A written reply to every violation notice is requested.


PCS Wastewater Sampling Program Enforcement

  • An enforcement review is conducted on each violation notice taking into account any reply received.

  • Enforcement is considered, in general, where the violation is:

  • 1) Severe (offsite impact(s) documented);and/or results 20% out of compliance with the applicable TCEQ permitted effluent limit;

  • 2) Repeat offenders where there are 20% or greater samples out of compliance in a 12 month period.


PCS Bacteria Violation Enforcement

  • For violations of TCEQ bacteria permit parameters only, at wastewater treatment facilities:

    • The first violation notice will include information regarding bacteria reduction strategies.

    • The second violation notice will request an Action Plan and a timeline to address bacteria reduction and will trigger an enforcement meeting with permittee, their operator and/or Professional Engineer (P.E.) at PCS.

    • The third violation will request an Alternative Action Plan with timeline presented to PCS by a P.E. retained by permittee.

    • If violations continue options are cease discharging, regionalization, or additional equipment and/or systems such as a bacteria monitoring program, a SCADA system and/or grease trap program.

    • If options are not met as agreed to or if violations continue the violations may be forwarded to the County Attorney or District Attorney for an enforcement action.


Contact Information

  • Main phone number is 713-920-2831

  • Fax: 713-274-6375

  • Compliance Manager, Jennifer Wheeler

    jennifer.wheeler@pcs.hctx.net

  • Compliance Coordinator- Water, Denise Hall

    denise.hall@pcs.hctx.net

  • Our new address:

    Harris County Pollution Control Services Dept.

    101 South Richey, Suite H

    Pasadena, Texas 77506


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