Driving demand through economic incentives - a regulatory case study of the San Fernando La Union Septage and sewerage ordinance

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Economic incentives can be positive or negative. Positive incentives might provide tax breaks or reduced water bills for those that install proper wastewater systems. They could also provide official recognition for an establishment that is in compliance with wastewater management regulations to build upon pride of community, which is often an important desire that drives behavior change. Effective local wastewater ordinances clearly define where proper wastewater treatment systems are required, how to go about obtaining permits to construct them and the consequences of non-compliance. The model texts below provide examples of language that could be used in wastewater ordinances. Economic incentives can be positive or negative. Positive incentives might provide tax breaks or reduced water bills for those that install proper wastewater systems. They could also provide official recognition for an establishment that is in compliance with wastewater management regulations to build upon pride of community, which is often an important desire that drives behavior change .Effective local wastewater ordinances clearly define where proper wastewater treatment systems are required, how to go about obtaining permits to construct them and the consequences of non-compliance. The model texts below provide examples of language that could be used in wastewater ordinances.

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