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Municipal Setting Designations (MSDs)

An MSD is an official state designation certifying that the groundwater on a property is not to be used as potable (drinking) water. This applies to a small quantity of groundwater on the property that does not come into contact with people or wildlife, and which does not flow into deep aquifers.

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Why do we need MSDs?

Contaminated groundwater can be an impediment to development of properties, because it can be very costly and time consuming to remediate it in order to bring it to the standard of drinking water. Since this contaminated groundwater is not intended for consumption or other use, leaving it in its current state does not pose a threat to human health.

The City of Fort Worth MSD Program

As per state requirement, a Municipal Settings Designation is established when City Council adopts a resolution and an ordinance to prohibit the use of identified groundwater as potable water.

Apply for an MSD

To apply for an MSD certification, contact Roger Grantham at 817-392-8592.

Overview & Guidelines



For more information regarding MSD certifications, or to obtain the status of an MSD certification, visit the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Texas Health and Safety Code 361.801-361.808 established MSDs. The law is administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and is used in conjunction with several remediation programs.

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Prevent Stormwater Pollution: Proper Pool Drainage

The City of Fort Worth Code Compliance Environmental Quality Division is available to answer questions regarding the proper drainage of residential swimming pools and spas. For more information on pools, spas and stormwater pollution prevention, or to report illegal discharges, contact our offices at 817-392-1234.

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