Oct 26, 2011

New Regulations Study Predicts Better Enforcement Will Provide Opportunities for Growth

GWI releases report on more than 300 substances, 20 countries worldwide

The Global Water Intelligence (GWI) recently published a new water and wastewater quality regulations report. The report covers 28 countries and details where regulation, coupled with enforcement and strict penalties for non-compliance, will provide future opportunities for investment and growth.

GWI says that in the water market, understanding regulation is key because it defines what is permissible and possible for long-term business development. However, regulations are not monitored and enforced in many countries, complicating the way forward for many businesses.

“We know that water businesses are searching for a comprehensive tool like this to clarify the huge diversity in regulation, a key factor in developing strategy. Our research study will guide them,” said GWI’s Fabiola Alvarado, the report’s editor.

The new report forecasts that future opportunities for business will arise from enforcing existing regulations through improvements in monitoring and compliance, rather than from tightening standards or adding new parameters. For example, wastewater regulations are generally related to the economic and environmental situation in each country, leading to a huge diversity between countries, where in some cases standards are completely opposite.

Water reuse regulations, by comparison, are still developing, says GWI. The actual level of treatment for reused water is determined by its intended application and level of human contact—whether it is used to irrigate vegetables or keep golf greens moist, for example.

GWI’s new report also studies wastewater discharge and reuse standards for the main industry in each country (identified as the mining and oil & gas sectors in many), finding that some countries have industry-specific standards while others have generic industrial discharge regulations. Overall, the report provides data on more than 300 regulated substances for drinking water and wastewater, and is geared toward water technology companies, monitoring equipment providers, policy makers, water utilities and more.