The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a fine last week to a former City of Agua Dulce employee for allegedly operating the city's public water system without a license.

According to a report issued by the TCEQ, Guillermo Garcia Jr., of Robstown, was fined $680 for failing to obtain a valid public water system operator license prior to performing process control duties in the production, treatment and distribution of public drinking water.

Garcia's operator's license expired in April 2008, but he operated the City of Agua Dulce's public water system from April 2008 through July 2008, the TCEQ report shows.

The violation was found during a routine investigation conducted by the TCEQ in July 2008. Garcia was notified of the violations in September.

According to TCEQ documents, $136 of the fine was deferred as part of an expedited settlement agreement, while the remaining $408 will be paid in three monthly payments.

TCEQ documents show Garcia ceased operating the facility on July 2, 2008, and city officials said Friday Garcia is no longer employed by the city.