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Sewage/wastewater operators warned by pollution monitoring agency

Published:Tuesday | November 26, 2013 | 8:34 AM

Operators of sewage and wastewater facilities are being warned to observe the recently introduced Wastewater and Sludge Regulations 2013.

The Regulations were signed off in April by Water, Land and Environment Minister Robert Pickersgill.

Manager of the Pollution Monitoring and Assessment Branch at the National Environment and Planning Agency, Oswald Chinkoo, says the regulations set out standards for the release of effluent and sludge from treatment plants.

Chinkoo says with the new regulations in place, operators of wastewater facilities will need to function in a more cost effective and environmentally friendly manner by putting in place proper systems for the use and reuse of wastewater before discharging.

He says the new framework is aimed at reducing the negative impact on the environment.

He adds that it also enables Jamaica to fulfill its obligations to the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region.

He says NEPA has embarked on a series of workshops aimed at sensitising stakeholders in the sewage and wastewater treatment industry about the new regulations.


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