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5.3 Public Health and Environmental Protection

Adherence to federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local laws and regulations and institution of practices that protect public health and the environment.

Critical Work Functions

  • 5.3.1 Ensure adherence to all applicable federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local water, wastewater, and bio-solids laws and regulations, including those outlined in the Safe Drinking Water Act, The Clean Water Act and The Code of Federal Regulations and the Environmental Protection Agency Guidance Documents.
    • 5.3.2 Practice sustainability by using processes that ensure the technical, managerial, and financial capacity of the system.
      • 5.3.3 Take measures to ensure practice of non-polluting activities that conserve energy, water, and resources and are economically efficient, and safe for workers, communities, and consumers.
        • 5.3.4 Demonstrate awareness of the impact of the project’s carbon footprint.
          • 5.3.5 Incorporate standards and practices for achieving water and energy efficiency in all aspects of business.
            • 5.3.6 Communicate effectively and in a timely manner with regulatory agencies.
              • 5.3.7 Conduct environmental, water, and energy audits.
                • 5.3.8 Ensure compliance with environmental permits and other applicable documents.
                  • 5.3.9 Compute design specifications for implementation of conservation practices.
                    • 5.3.10 Support water conservation principles, practices, methods, and procedures.
                      • 5.3.11 Communicate with the public about key trends and issues related to safe water.
                        • 5.3.12 Demonstrate understanding of water scarcity, the lack of sufficient available water resources to meet the demands of water usage within a region, and how it can impact the sector.
                          • 5.3.13 Recommend water efficiency and conservation techniques to the public.
                            • 5.3.14 Utilize recommendations from industry associations, such as the standards from the American Water Works Association and Methods of Practice from the Water Environment Federation.
                              • 5.3.15 Understand state primacy agencies and the need for close coordination.
                                • 5.3.16 Conduct proper public health notifications as required.
                                  Technical Content Areas

                                  • 5.3.17 Safe Drinking Water Act
                                    • 5.3.18 Clean Water Act
                                      • 5.3.19 Stormwater regulations
                                        • 5.3.20 Reclaimed water regulations
                                          • 5.3.21 State and local requirements