As the world consists of more than 70 percent water, keeping the fluid suitable for its myriad purposes is vital for human and environmental health and provides quite a few opportunities for business – and regulation.
On the drinking water side, the Safe Drinking Water Act sets the baseline standards for methods of filtration and disinfection as well as levels of contaminants in the country’s drinking water. It also sets the parameters for water quality testing.
The Clean Water Act, on the other hand, is concerned with the quality of water in the environment. It regulates the water discharged back into the environment, as well as the quality of surface waters.
A trend in water facilities is the aiming for faster treatment, smaller facilities, and more efficient energy use.