Our national group, NACWA, is a nationally recognized leader in environmental policy and a sought-after technical resource on water quality and ecosystem protection issues. They parallel the maturation of the nation’s most successful environmental law – the Clean Water Act. NACWA was established in 1970 by a group of individuals representing 22 large municipal sewerage agencies. They came together to secure federal funding for municipal wastewater treatment and discuss emerging national interest in improving the quality of the nation’s waters. Based upon the shared goal of effectively representing the interests and priorities of publicly-owned treatment works (POTWs), they formed what is now known as NACWA.
Like NACWA, TACWA shares the same position in the protection of the State’s environmental treasures. In addition, we provide unique opportunities for public wastewater utility agencies to improve their effectiveness, enhance professional development, and achieve goals and objectives shared by POTWs across the state and nation. With the existence of TACWA and the good relationship we have with TCEQ, we help to shape the course of environmental protection well into the next century. TACWA members consider the protection of water quality to be our mission and our mandate.
A primary goal of TACWA is the protection and enhancement of water quality in Texas through the application of scientifically based and technically sound management of wastewater. TACWA maintains a key role in the development of environmental legislation, and works closely with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the implementation of environmental programs.