EPA's I/A Program Speeds Use of New Wastewater Treatment Methods

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 11, Pg. 62-64

Document Type: Feature article


Because Congress felt there wasn't enough cost- and energy-saving innovations taking place in the environmental field, it launched the innovative and alternative technologies program as part of the Clean Water Act of 1977. That program provided an extra bonus to communities using innovative or alternative wastewater treatment methods — an 85 % federal grant rather than a 75 % one. As the case histories in this article make clear, the I/A program has been successful in sparking the use of a wide-range of new treatment technologies, technologies that result in reduced cost and saved energy.

Subject Headings: Innovation | Wastewater treatment | Water reclamation | Case studies | Energy efficiency | Environmental issues | Clean Water Act | Federal government

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