ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System

The Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility (LRWWU) operates an ISO 14001.2015 certified wastewater treatment facility. ISO 14001.2015 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). Our EMS provides a framework for routinely examining opportunities to:

  1. reduce waste generation 
  2. lower energy consumption
  3. safely and responsibly handle chemicals used in the treatment process 
  4. continually improve our awareness and response to environmental concerns presented by regulatory agencies and the general public.

The City of Lowell pledges to commit to the success of the LRWWU’s efforts to maintain a clean, healthy Merrimack River as stated in the EMS Policy Statement:

The Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility is committed to maintaining a clean, healthy Merrimack River.  We will provide reliable wastewater treatment and collection service in an environmentally sensitive and responsible manner.  We will continually reassess and improve the Environmental Management System (EMS), enabling the Utility to benefit the citizens, employees and other relevant parties, determined as shown in the tabular attachment Identification of Relevant Parties, by contributing to the improvement of our water resources and environmental health of the community.

Success requires following the EMS C.I.R.C.L.E:

C. Communication

I. Improve continually to our policy

R. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to prevent pollution

C. Comply with environmental laws and regulations

L. Long-term commitment to a clean and healthy environment

E. Educate the community

The City of Lowell undergoes an annual evaluation by TUV SUD to renew accreditation in ISO 14001.2015. Click here to view the most recent certification.