Droughts, population shifts and water degradation will drive legislation and regulations
On the opening day of WQA Aquatech 2008, the WQA identified the state of the industry and major issues that the industry will face in 2008.
The WQA said certain circumstances such as drought, population shifts, ground and surface water degradation and water shortages will all be significant challenges that will drive key legislation and regulations this year.
The WQA will continue to see challenges regarding misinformation about water softeners and their affects, if any, on septic systems. They are partnering with the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) and National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA) to research facts on this issue.
The WQA will continue to face ever-present challenges regarding technology, such as: formula information for material safety certifications; WHO calcium and magnesium limits; regulation reform to reduce costs and registration time for manufacturers in Iowa; California regulation reform to reduce costs and time to register products; and Italian carbon restrictions.
Finally, the WQA will take on the Phoenix Project in 2008. The project will bring together political and industrial leaders with the goal of improving technologies to reduce salt discharge and water use.