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  • Give and Take: California’s Ongoing Effort to Reduce Costs of Compliance

    Give and Take: California’s Ongoing Effort to Reduce Costs of Compliance As any general manager will tell you, the costs of compliance for wastewater agencies can be one of the most significant drivers for local budgets. Monitoring, reporting, special studies, permit fees, lab tests, and increasingly stringent permit limits: these are just some of the escalating requirements agencies contend with. Some are core components of the federal Clean Water Act, but most are the direct result of policies or practices imposed by your state water quality regulators.  While many of these are essential functions of the clean water regime and help protect water quality and the public health, others are relics of a time before advanced secondary and tertiary treatment were commonplace, or practices that have somehow become standard without any[…]

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