What Lies Beneath: Our Basement Has a Secret – And It’s Not Out of Sight or Out of Mind

As Halloween approaches, Americans tend to watch more horror movies than usual.  And what is one of the scariest places depicted in horror films?  The basement.  NACWA has been watching its very own horror story unfold right before our eyes in the bowels of its headquarters building.  
In 1999 at the turn of the 21st century, [...]

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Take Our Drugs Please! The Future of Rx Take Back Programs

We all know that pharmaceuticals are an essential component of our health care system.  They save lives and improve quality of life for many of us.  The number of prescriptions being written in the U.S. is rapidly increasing.  Not surprisingly, some of downsides to prescription medications are also rapidly increasing, including prescription drug abuse and [...]

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Sailing New Waters with Strangers

Recently, around our office, we have been discussing strangers.  Not the kind that you were taught about in grade school (remember those Stranger Danger posters?) – but people with different perspectives that we might learn from – and connect and collaborate with.  Collaboration has been a key tenet of NACWA for years, and reaching out [...]

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Water Issues Elevated in the Sinking City

Each time I attend national water conferences and events I hear inspiring words from water leaders such as “water is life” and “clean water isn’t just a health priority, it’s an economic necessity” – Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator, WEFTEC 2014. This week as I joined thousands of water professionals from across the country in New [...]

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Don’t Flush It! National Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday!

Have you ever been cleaning out your bathroom or kitchen cupboard and come across some old prescription medications that you no longer need – perhaps past their expiration date, or for a medical condition you no longer have, or maybe it’s a prescription that you didn’t finish because it didn’t work for your medical condition [...]

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Give and Take: California’s Ongoing Effort to Reduce Costs of Compliance

As any general manager will tell you, the costs of compliance for wastewater agencies can be one of the most significant drivers for local budgets. Monitoring, reporting, special studies, permit fees, lab tests, and increasingly stringent permit limits: these are just some of the escalating requirements agencies contend with. Some are core components of the [...]

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Because Water Works!

Today, water leaders from across the sector were in Washington, DC for a series of events co-hosted by members of The Value of Water Coalition along with the American Society of Civil Engineers; the Bipartisan Policy Center; Building America’s Future; the National Association of Counties; the National League of Cities; the National Urban League; and, [...]

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NACWA & National Milk Producers Join Forces to Improve Water Quality

Next Tuesday, NACWA and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote increased cooperation and communication between the two organizations in their efforts to make watershed-level water quality improvements.  This MOU will mark an important milestone in efforts to strengthen ties between urban and rural sectors on conservation [...]

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‘Cause That’s How We Roll!

National Toilet Paper Day was celebrated on August 26, and we should all take a moment to be grateful for how the pleasant rolls of soft TP make life a little better.  When my mom was growing up in a rural part of Texas in the 1950s, her house had no indoor plumbing and their [...]

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With Crisis Comes Opportunity

The recent crisis in Toledo where toxic algae blooms led to the shut off of municipal water to almost half a million people serves as a painful reminder that we should not take clean water for granted, something we as a nation are too often prone to do.  
The culprit in the Toledo case – toxic [...]

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