Municipal Setting Designation Research

Texas Municipal Setting Designation (MSD) research

Banks has been the leader in Municipal Setting Designation (MSD) application research since the status was authorized by the Texas Legislature in 2003. A successful MSD application is an official designation that classifies the groundwater beneath a property as contaminated. This groundwater is prohibited from being used for agriculture, irrigation or human consumption.

The MSD application process is overseen by the Remediation division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The TCEQ requires applicants to identify all water well owners within five miles of the MSD property and provide notification to each well owner. The full MSD process is outlined by the TCEQ in the MSD Supporting Checklist (page 5).

The Banks MSD Package provides a comprehensive set of data to fulfill MSD application requirements:

  • 5 Mile Water Well Report
  • ½ Mile Water Well Report
  • Municipal Boundaries Map
  • Public Water System (PWS) Report
  • Well Ownership Spreadsheet
  • Methods Letter
  • GIS Shapefile of Proposed MSD Boundaries

Price and turnaround time may vary. Please contact for a custom quote.