Posts of Water

Shanghai of China tighten regulations to control pollution by ships

The new regulations, which will come into effect March 1, 2023, bans the discharge of oil-containing wastewater in specified waters.

Water Vessels

On Dec. 21, 2022, the Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress passed Municipal Regulations on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, and published them Dec. 28. These regulations …

China’s Beijing issues regulations on water conservation

Requirements for water conservation in industry will be introduced.


On Nov. 25, 2022, the Standing Committee of Beijing Municipal People’s Congress issued Municipal Regulations on Water Conservation, which will come into effect March 1, 2023. These regulations set out …

China issues Yellow River Protection Law

Including water withdrawal regulation, a water allocation system and water pollutant discharge limits

Water Soil

On Oct. 30, 2022, China issued the Yellow River Protection Law, which will come into effect April 1, 2023. This law introduces to the Yellow River basin a ban on …

Thailand announces effluent standard for leather tannery


Marine Department, Ministry of Transport, Thailand announced “Notification of the Marine Department No.153/B.E. 2565 (2022) Prescribing Standard for Controlling wastewater from Industrial Factories, Industrial Estates, and Industrial Zones with Engagement …

China announces action plan to improve water use efficiency

China announces action plan to improve water use efficiency


On June 21, 2022, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and other five government departments announced an action plan to improve water use efficiency in the country. The action …

China releases national standard for water reuse

Reclaimed water is classified into 3 grades based on water quality


On December 31, 2021, the State Administration for Market Regulation and the Standardization Administration of the P.R.C (SAC) jointly released the “Water reuse guidelines-water quality management for water reclamation plants” …

China strengthens regulations on heavy metal pollution

Measures such as the designation of key regulated areas, substances and industries have been introduced

Water Air Soil

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment on March 7 released its “opinions on strengthening regulations on heavy metal pollution”. The opinions require the designation of key regulated areas, substances and …

China announces plan for industrial wastewater recycling

Recycling rate target set for each industry to promote circular water use


On Dec. 24, China’s six government bodies, including the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Ecology and Environment, jointly announced a plan …

China issues regulations on groundwater management

Total groundwater withdrawal limits, no-withdrawal zones, contamination control measures to be introduced

Environmental Policies Water

At an executive meeting on September 15, China’s State Council passed regulations to manage the country’s groundwater, which were published on October 21 and will come into effect on December …

Malaysia announces 12th Malaysia Plan (2021-2025)

Incorporating EPR regulations on e-waste, etc.

Circular Economy Climate Change Environmental Policies Sustainability Chemical Substances (Products) Wastes (Products) Product Designs Container/Packaging Water Climate Change Environmental Management Electrical and Electronic Equipments Chemical Products

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Ismail Sabri on September 27, 2021, announced the latest national five-year plan, the Twelfth Malaysia Plan (hereinafter “the Plan”). The Plan focuses on three main themes: (1) …

Indonesia, Water Quality Control


Water pollution has become a major problem in Indonesia because wastewater is generally discharged into rivers and lakes directly in the country. This situation is cause by undeveloped sewer systems …

MOE of Japan Starts Study on Water Quality Control of PFHxS

The draft policy for the water quality control of PFHxS is presented against the background of the latest developments in the POPs Convention

Environmental Policies Environmental Pollution Sustainability Chemical Substances (Products) Water

On February 26, 2021, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) deliberated on the revision of the environmental standard values for hexavalent chromium and the position of Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS) in the …

3-Year schedule for National Technical Standards (QCVN) development on environmental management in Vietnam

Including wastewater standards, exhaust gas standards, microplastics, POPs, etc.

Chemical Substances (Products) Wastes (Factory) Water Air Soil Noise Vibration Environmental Management

On November 25, 2020, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam enacted the “Decision No. 2664/QD-BTNMT on approval of the plan to develop National Technical Regulation (QCVN) on …

Taiwan, Water Pollution Control


Basic Law Water Pollution Control Act is the basic law related to water pollution control and countermeasures, it’s enacted in 1974 for the following objectives. And it’s recently revised in …

China, Water Pollution Control Act


A trend report on water pollution regulations.   Background The Water Pollution Control Act — one of the nine basic environmental protection laws and the overarching legislation for water pollution …

Soil and Groundwater management in Thailand

Water Soil

Environmental standard for Soil and Groundwater has been established under Enhancement and Conservation of National Environmental Quality Act, B.E. 2535 (1992). In 2016, Ministry of Industry established “Ministerial Regulation B.E. …

Water pollution prevention in China


Water pollution prevention  (This page) Water Pollution Control Act   1. Current status of water pollution and countermeasures in China In China, along with high economic development, the promotion of …

Water management in Vietnam


A remarkable water resource-related issue in Vietnam is water pollution due to the industrialization in recent years. A report published by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) has …

Water Pollution Control in India


The central legislation in the control of water pollution in India is the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 (the “Water Act”). The Water Act was enacted for …

Water management in Thailand

Wastes (Products) Water

Water management is regulated by several acts implemented by different ministries. Water management laws in Thailand: Enhancement and Conservation of National Environmental Quality Act, B.E. 2535 (1992) The act is …

Bhutan releases Environmental Standards, 2020, establishing various standard values

11 criteria including industrial effluent discharge standards and vehicular emission standards being specified

Environmental Policies Others (Products) Water Air Noise Occupational Safety and Health Motorcycles

In June 2020, the National Environment Commission of Bhutan released the Environmental Standards, 2020. The standards establish standard values for the following 11 criteria. Ambient water quality criteria Industrial effluent …

Bill to fully amend Law on Environmental Protection of 2014 in Vietnam

Major changes expected in waste management

Environmental Basic Law Wastes (Products) Product Designs Container/Packaging Wastes (Factory) Water Air Soil Climate Change Others (Factory) Transport equipment and Mobile machinery Electrical and Electronic Equipments Chemical Products

On December 13, 2019, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam published a new bill to fully amend the Environmental Protection Law of 2014 and opened the call …