India backtracks on treated sewage quality

A surprise turnaround by an Indian ministry on effluent standards will disappoint technology vendors, but is a net plus for Indian water.

India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has written into law long-awaited new standards for the quality of effluent released to surface waters from municipal wastewater treatment plants. However, the limits for every parameter in the final version are substantially less stringent than those disseminated since 2015 in draft form.

The new standards were published in the...

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