Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Water Conservation Issues to Watch

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Water Conservation Issues to Watch

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The management of water resources-particularly In the realm of water conservation-has seen a number of recent developments that land owners and property managers should be monitoring.

* Reducing Wastewater. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to carry out its program under Section 303 (d) of the Clean Water Act, which defines Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for certain "impaired waters." By encouraging states to make a list of these waters, the EPA is establishing "waste load allocations" for certain pollutants. As this program matures in the coming year, permit conditions for discharges in these areas will be modified.

* Lower Waste Treatment Costs. Overall reduction in water consumption by commercial users, particularly in areas such as landscape maintenance or industrial processing, offers a double cost saving by significantly reducing the charges for water treatment. Since wastewater treatment is a volumetric charge, the reduced discharge results in a direct cost saving to the discharger.

* New Dredge and Fill Permit Requirements. Businesses operating near coastal, harbor, or other navigable waters should be aware of the recent changes in the Section 404 dredge and fill regulations administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Regular dredging operations may be affected by the dramatic reduction in the "Nationwide 26" program, where projects involving 10 acres and less than one acre, have been eligible. This program has been narrowed to apply only to projects of three acres or less than 1/3 acre, thereby requiring larger operations to obtain "individual permits" from the Corps. …

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