Water Quality Management Advisory Council
The Water Quality Management Advisory Council (WQMAC) reviews and approves water quality rules and recommends changes to the Environmental Quality Board. The council is made up of twelve members, appointed for three-year terms, representing local government, industry, oil and gas, geology, engineering, agriculture, rural water districts, environmental groups, the general public, private laboratory, operator of a municipal waterworks or wastewater works facility and operator in rural water and sewer district. Four members are appointed each by the Governor, the Speaker of the House, and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. It typically meets 3 times each calendar year in January, May and October. However, additional meetings are sometimes scheduled in order to address a rule change that does not fit the regular meeting schedule.
This Council reviews and recommends to the Environmental Quality Board rules governing water quality. Currently there are 13 chapters and 1 proposed chapter of rules under the authority of the WQMAC including regulations for public water supply, industrial and municipal wastewater construction, treatment and discharge, pretreatment, biosolids, drinking water state revolving fund, small public and private systems, under ground injection control, and implementation of water quality standards.