Allowable Discharges

The State permit TXR040000 that regulates stormwater discharges for cities, which the City of Bedford is authorized under, lists allowable discharges that do not violate the permit. This list is:
  • Water line flushing (excluding discharges of hyperchlorinated water, unless the water is first dechlorinated and discharges are not expected to adversely affect aquatic life)
  • Runoff or return flow from landscape irrigation, lawn irrigation, and other irrigation utilizing
  • Potable water, groundwater, or surface water sources
  • Discharges from potable water sources
  • Diverted stream flows
  • Rising ground waters and springs
  • Uncontaminated ground water infiltration
  • Uncontaminated pumped ground water
  • Foundation and footing drains
  • Air conditioning condensation
  • Water from crawl space pumps
  • Individual residential vehicle washing
  • Flows from wetlands and riparian habitats
  • Dechlorinated swimming pool discharges
  • Street wash water
  • Discharges or flows from fire fighting activities (fire fighting activities do not include washing of trucks, run-off water from training activities, test water from fire suppression systems, and similar activities)
  • Other allowable non-stormwater discharges listed in 40 CFR ' 122.26 (d)(2)(iv)(B)(1)
  • Non-stormwater discharges that are specifically listed in the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Multi Sector General Permit (MSGP) or the TPDES Construction General Permit (CGP)
  • Other similar occasional incidental non-stormwater discharges, unless the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) develops permits or regulations addressing these discharges
(Part II Section B)

Any discharge not on this list may be in violation of this permit. Please read the full stormwater ordinance to get the full details, but in summary the Stormwater Pollution Control Ordinance (PDF) makes it illegal to discharge or dump trash, yard waste, lawn chemicals, pet waste, wastewater, oil, petroleum products, cleaning products, paint products, hazardous waste, sediment caused by land disturbance activities and other pollutants into the City stormwater drainage system. The system includes curbing, streets, side ditches, inlets, streams, lakes, or any waterway.