Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP) and desalination institutes operate like any other industrial plant. The water - sea water or brackish water for desalination plants, and sewage for WWTP, are the raw materials. The water purification process, in both cases, is an industrial process for all intents and purposes. It uses machinery and elaborate production methods, new technologies, and as such require educated and skilled people. Byproducts emerge from the processes - water concentrates and used membranes in case of desalination plants, sludge in case of sewage treatment plants. At the end of the process - the product obtained is water, of varying quality and for various uses: ranging from drinking water (desalination institutions), through reclaimed water permitted for limited uses, and further with treated effluent water for unrestricted irrigation and discharge into rivers.
Like every industrial facility, and adjacent to any industrial process, even for desalination plants and sewage treatment institutes there are consequences for the environment and safety issues; environmental permits and licenses to operate are required (discharge into rivers, marine discharge, toxins permit, business license, etc.). Mostly they are located near the coastal environment and need to comply with laws protecting the coastal environment; they are required to meet environmental and safety standards; they are open to public criticism and to the authorities' inspection about the environmental hazards they may create.
Our environmental lawyers provide guidance, legal advice and representation regarding the establishment of plants for desalination and wastewater treatment, operation and sale of water, effluent water and sludge disposal. Also, we will assist you with preventive counseling in each stage of water and sewage purification, to enable you to safely sail through the sea of permits and licenses required by law, and alert you ahead of an expected collision between your activities and the existing requirements of the law. In addition, we will advise managers at the purifying plants on actions they should take to meet the obligations of their responsibility as managers of the institute - both on daily functioning, and at the level of evaluations of future necessities.