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anymajor cities in theMidwest
as well as on the East Coast of
the United States are under great
pressure to act due to an outdated
and overburdened combined sewer
system. Residential and commercial
wastewaters alongwith rainwater are
discharged together in one pipe to the
sewage treatment plant. During times
of torrential rain, the systems are
often completely overburdened. Thus,
excess water amounts containing
various contaminants are often
discharged either directly into awater
body or reach saidwater body after
only amechanical prepurification.
Since 1987, in linewith the Clean
Water Act, the Environmental
ProtectionAgency (EPA) has been
regulating the discharge of contami-
nants absorbed through rainwater
intowater bodies. Since enacting the
law, regulations have been expanded
tomore andmore cities and have
become increasingly stricter. They
vary betweenU.S. states, since the
EPA regulations give state authorities
room for flexible handling and
In order to avoid penalties, several
cities are committed tomake substan-
tial investments into thewater
infrastructure, says Jim Taft, Execu-
tive Director of the Association of
State DrinkingWater Administrators
(ASDWA). According to themarket
expert, some 70 cities across the
nation have tomake such invest-
ments due to federal or state regula-
tions. Since the end of the last
decade, a change in the focus of
many programs has been noticeable.
After it has largely been the act of
investing into themodernization of
sewer systems and treatment plants
up until now, the current trend goes
towards a »green« and proactive
AMultitude ofMajor
“Green” Projects
According to themarket research
expert BlueTech Research, the
demand for rainwater infrastructure
and corresponding technologies in
themunicipal sector will amount to a
grand total of $ 105 billion in the
next 20 years. However, the financial
situation of many large cities and
municipalities is precarious. Several
cities have asked the EPA for
additional time in regard to fulfilling
the authority’s investment regulations
due to difficulties infinancing. Thus,
according to Seth Brown, Stormwater
Program and PolicyManager at the
Water Environment Federation,
Public Private Partnership (PPP)
models are increasingly likely to be
implemented in the future.
New Legislative Initiatives
are in the Loop
Market experts expect a burst of
growth due to stricter state regula-
tions in themedium term. Since 2010,
the EPA has beenworking on a new
and expansive bill in regard to
rainwatermanagement. This antici-
pated package of measures would
bring about the biggest change in the
corresponding EPA regulations since
their enactment, says Seth Brown.
For the first time, the EPA plans for
nationwide uniform standards. It is
planned to expand regulations to all
real estate that is to be developed and
modernized. Aiming at regulations to
reduce the volume of rainwater on
site that is discharged into the sewer
system is likely to create an upswing
for themarket for »green« project
according to Brown. In addition,
cities will probably have to produce
detailed reports in regard to the
drainage of rainwater on the respec-
tive real estate and buildings.
ByChristian Janetzke, Germany Trade& Invest
Translation fromGermanbySandy Jones, GACC
Gaining Importance in theU.S.
Major Cities LaunchComprehensive Programs
About theAuthor
Christian Janetzke
Director, Germany Trade and Invest
75Broad Street, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10004
T 212-584-9717
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