Bartering For A Better Environment

by Art Haddaway

Feb 1, 2015
Every day, utilities are required to meet certain water quality standards that involve preserving and cultivating their local environment, economy and public health by limiting the amount of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus discharged into watersheds from their sites.

These guidelines include various pollution control and compliance measures, such as the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), imposed by federal and state environmental protection agencies. Primarily issued to publically owned treatment works (POTWs), these permits are designed to not only minimize contaminants in facilities' effluent but also prevent them from infiltrating water resources.

The preemptive methods necessary to meet these benchmarks, however, can become very costly and energy-consuming, given the rise in nutrients being discharged into waterways as well as the heightened enforcement of stricter standards to combat this problem. From installing new nutrient-removal technologies to upgrading aging systems and infrastructure, utilities are routinely faced with these challenges.
Bartering For A Better Environment

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