Water Pollution Rules
The Water Pollution Rules, 2001, (as amended) (WPR) is a piece of legislation generated under provisions of the Environmental Management Act Chapter 35:05, and implemented by the EMA on February 27, 2007. The primary goal of the WPR is to get industries in Trinidad and Tobago to reduce the levels of water pollutants in their effluent (point-source discharges), thereby improving the overall quality of inland and coastal water resources.
There are two major processes under the WPR:
- Source Registration - which is the process whereby an application is processed to determine whether a facility releases or intends to release a water pollutant as identified in the First Schedule of the WPR. The registration process begins with facilities discharging water pollutants, submitting an application form and payment of a prescribed fee in accordance with the Registrations Schedule of the Water Pollution (Fees) (Amendment), 2006. Such entities include industrial, commercial, agricultural, institutional and sewage treatment facilities.
- Water Pollution Permitting - which is the process to control and reduce the volume and concentration of effluent to meet the permissible levels established in the Second Schedule of the WPR. A water pollution permit is a license for a facility to discharge certain types of water pollutants at certain concentrations from authorized discharge point/outfalls into a receiving water body under controlled conditions. Any entity who releases water pollutants other than the conditions or levels specified in the Second Schedule may be notified by the Authority to apply for a permit.