PART I - ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATORY CONCERNS
In the United States, rules and regulations for waste water discharges are
normally established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A state
may have an EP approved program under the National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES), established under the Clean Water Act (CHA) The
NPDES sets minimum treatment standards for surface water dischargers such as
ARMY purification/storage/distribution operations and also establishes the
framework for setting additional discharge standards. Dischargers apply for
and then obtain an NPDES Permit (or state equivalent) which contain
discharge standards/restrictions applicable to the given discharge. Before
operating any water purification unit in the United States, check with the
state and local environmental agency for permit requirements. Many military
installations may have current discharge permits for water sources located
on the installation which are used by water purification units. Check with
the Installation Environmental Office for guidance.
Always consider the
potential environmental impact of a discharge of wastes or chemicals on a
In other countries, it is always necessary to check with local authorities
for regulatory requirements.
Each country in which purification/storage/
distribution operations may be used will have their own guidance on disposal
of wastes and chemicals in a training exercise, as well as ambient water
quality criteria. Units must comply with environmental standards applicable
in the host country.