Tex Bill Introduced

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Waterlogged, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. Waterlogged

    Waterlogged LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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  2. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    you mean that you will only be allowed to install irrigation if you are licensed?

    does this mean that a ho cannot?
     
  3. Waterlogged

    Waterlogged LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    HO's fall under the exemptions in the state law, with several others. Link to exemption list: http://law.onecle.com/texas/occupations/1903.002.00.html
    However, as of last year, everyone has to have a drawing done by a TX Licensed Irrigator, have a Checklist filled out, backflow installed by a plumber or Irrigator and tested by a Licensed Tester and they need to pull a permit.
    We will still have the issue of enforcement.
     
  4. Waterlogged

    Waterlogged LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 580

    Sorry, I didn't answer your first question. Yes, you have to be a Licensed Irrigator or a Licensed Plumber to install a lawn sprinkler system in Texas. Unless you fall under the list of exemptions.
    A Licensed Irrigator or Licensed Technician must be on the jobsite at all times. (or a Licensed Plumber)
    That is why the Technician License was recently introduced. So a licensed person would be on the jobsite.
     
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    .....and still they feed systems through DCVAs.......
     
  6. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
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    With the exception of the proposed bill the new reg's have been in place since January 2010.
    As Boots noted enforcement has become the real issue. TCEQ or the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is a massive state agency involved in everything from pollution standards through to irrigation. As such the state of Texas has quantified what areas to more vigorously enforce however TCEQ does have Licensed Inspectors for irrigation systems.
    Regarding DCVA use I have heard the majority of populated areas are prohibiting the use of these devices and are requiring alternatives.
    Biggest problem is the actual size and population count in Texas - quite simply put the state is huge and forty or so inspectors covering a state of this size means on a percentile scale unless the permit issuing agency is awake, a bunch of unlicensed/poorly designed systems will still be installed.
    I am of two minds regarding the criminal penalty approach however considering the existent fine structure at TCEQ being a first offense is usually $2,500.00 it does make sense to impose a criminal sanction as well. I just don't like the state intruding to this degree but understand something has to be done to curb the hackers.
     
  7. TCEQ is the second largest environmental organization in this country next to the EPA. I'd rather see the hacks forced to go through an IRS audit than get a Class C misdemeanor.
     
  8. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    Amen... Although I really need to get my lic # on the sides of my new truck. The 2011 f-250 is too pretty to put those numbers on.
     
  9. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
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    Use magnetic "stickers".
     
  10. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
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    So now I am a hack ? ? ? ?
     

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