Water Code Section 13.241
(a)In determining whether to grant or amend a certificate of public convenience and necessity, the utility commission shall ensure that the applicant possesses the financial, managerial, and technical capability to provide continuous and adequate service.
(b)For water utility service, the commission shall ensure that the applicant:
(1)is capable of providing drinking water that meets the requirements of Chapter 341 (Minimum Standards of Sanitation and Health Protection Measures), Health and Safety Code, and requirements of this code; and
(2)has access to an adequate supply of water.
(c)For sewer utility service, the commission shall ensure that the applicant is capable of meeting the commission’s design criteria for sewer treatment plants and the requirements of this code.
(d)Before the utility commission grants a new certificate of convenience and necessity for an area which would require construction of a physically separate water or sewer system, the applicant must demonstrate to the utility commission that regionalization or consolidation with another retail public utility is not economically feasible.
(e)The utility commission by rule shall develop a standardized method for determining under Section 13.246 (Notice and Hearing; Issuance or Refusal; Factors Considered)(f) which of two or more retail public utilities or water supply or sewer service corporations that apply for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to provide water or sewer utility service to an uncertificated area located in an economically distressed area is more capable financially, managerially, and technically of providing continuous and adequate service. In this subsection, “economically distressed area” has the meaning assigned by Section 15.001 (Definitions).
Section 13.241 — Granting Certificates,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/WA/htm/WA.13.htm#13.241 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).