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Texas Septic Professionals Decoded

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Are you confused by the lingo, or just not sure which license your septic professional should hold? Let’s look at which licenses are required for different types of septic service here in the State of Texas.

OSSF – Stands for On Site Sewage Facility. This is the official word that encompasses all septic system types with Texas regulations.

TCEQ – Stands for Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This is the state agency which governs the laws of OSSF’s in Texas.

TCEQ Site Evaluator – This is the licensed professional which evaluates site conditions such as soil, topography, setbacks, etc. as it relates to septic system suitability.

TCEQ Installer – There are two levels of licensed installers. Installer I professionals are mainly licensed to install conventional systems, while Installer II professionals are licensed to install aerobic systems. There are other system types as well, but conventional and aerobic are the most common in Texas.

TCEQ Designated Representative – Also known as the Inspector. The inspector works on behalf of the permitting authority to review and approve septic permits and inspect the system during and/or after installation to ensure all TCEQ regulations are met.

TCEQ Maintenance Provider – This is the licensed professional that is responsible for fulfilling maintenance contract duties for aerobic systems.

TCEQ Maintenance Technician -This is the licensed professional that works under the Maintenance Provider to help service aerobic systems under a maintenance contract.

Who doesn’t need a license? Septic pump truck operators are not required to hold any TCEQ license, although the vacuum truck must be permitted by TCEQ to haul wastewater and by the local treatment facility for legal disposal. People performing real estate type inspections are also not required to hold any licenses, but we highly recommend they do. Inspectors with TECQ licenses will be more familiar with system requirements. The National Association of Wastewater Technicians (NAWT) offers inspector certification as well as vacuum truck operator certifications, but they are not required.

Here at Van Delden Wastewater Systems, we have 11 TCEQ Licensed professionals holding a total of 19 licenses. This doesn’t include our 3 NAWT certified inspectors! Education and experience are extremely important to us. Our team members that do not require any licenses go through rigorous continuing training to ensure we always provide the best quality service across the board.

Do you need septic work? You can rest assured we’ve got the right team for any job! Call us to discuss your needs and our amazing staff will be ready to help!

For 86+ years, Van Delden Wastewater Systems has withstood the test of time as the leading Wastewater System company, providing San Antonio, Boerne, and the surrounding Texas Hill Country with services you can count on now and in the future. 

Call us for any of your wastewater systems needs and let our professionals help you with your septic installation and maintenance requirements: 210.698.2000 (San Antonio) or 830.249.4000 (Boerne).

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