The Clean Water Act (CWA) became law in 1948 and quickly created lasting change regarding how we treat our nation’s water systems. The CWA ensures that dangerous pollutants don’t contaminate waterways, keeping them safe for fish, wildlife and people. Water is essential for all living creatures, so maintaining the integrity of our natural water supplies is vital. Waste and contamination are inevitable, but we can control how we respond to it.
The CWA is primarily enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which works alongside state-level agencies to ensure that all CWA regulations are adhered to. Over the years, various programs have been created in order to monitor CWA compliance. One such program is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) which regulates discharge from plants and facilities into U.S. waterways. Other programs are designed to help those struggling to meet CWA standards. These programs focus on capacity, management, operations and maintenance issues.
If you are a wastewater operator, it’s important to maintain capacity while working within the guidelines of the CWA. In order to do this, you must first understand the CWA and the intricacies of what compliance looks like for a municipality. While government programs and agencies focus on protecting the environment and people, navigating the requirements can be overwhelming. And when it’s your job to know the ins and outs of regulations, confusion is not an option.
To bring clarity, Envirosight has created a water regulations poster designed specifically for water and wastewater operators. This poster explains the CWA, the EPA, and various subprograms in a way that’s easy to read and understand, and the design makes it ideal to hang in an office or break room. Request your FREE copy today: