Texas Water Code

Sec. § 49.238
Irrigation Systems


A district may adopt and enforce rules that require an installer of an irrigation system:


to hold a license issued under Section 1903.251 (License Required), Occupations Code; and


to obtain a permit before installing a system within the boundaries of the district.


If a district adopts rules under Subsection (a), the rules shall include minimum standards and specifications for designing, installing, and operating irrigation systems in accordance with Section 1903.053 (Standards), Occupations Code, and any rules adopted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality under that section.


A district may employ or contract with a licensed plumbing inspector, a licensed irrigation inspector, the district’s operator, or another governmental entity to enforce the rules.


A district may charge an installer of an irrigation system a fee for obtaining or renewing a permit under Subsection (a)(2). The district shall set the fee in an amount sufficient to enable the district to recover the cost of administering this section.


This section does not apply to:


an on-site sewage disposal system, as defined by Section 366.002 (Definitions), Health and Safety Code; or


an irrigation system:


used on or by an agricultural operation as defined by Section 251.002 (Definitions), Agriculture Code; or


connected to a groundwater well used by the property owner for domestic use.
Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 874 (H.B. 1656), Sec. 2, eff. June 15, 2007.

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