Extensive water inspection efforts are spotlighted in an article recently published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as part of its public outreach. In TCEQ’s ‘Boots on the Ground’, TCEQ explains how its 500 field staff, situated at regional offices throughout the state, work to ensure that public water systems are doing everything they need to do to keep each area’s water supply safe for public consumption.
In 2015, more than 4,500 onsite investigations were conducted of drinking water, many of them part of routine inspections of community water systems. Some of these facilities were visited more frequently as concerns arose, such as issues with compliance monitoring reports received by TCEQ or complaints from customers. The article emphasizes the spirit of cooperation and teamwork among investigators, as well as the important role of enforcement coordinators and other TCEQ personnel.