Happy 4th of July!

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Is Beer the Next Frontier for Clean Water Utilities?

There is a ‘yuck’ factor associated with what has traditionally been called Toilet to Tap initiatives in the arena of water reuse; but this may be changing.  With the summer upon us, and for some parts of the country, historic drought, comes renewed national attention on the issue of potable water reuse.  Two NACWA Member […]

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Unmanned Aerial Systems and the Utility of the Future

UAS and the UOTF

Unmanned Aerial Systems (also called UAS or drones) are now inexpensive to acquire and cost-effective and easy to operate. UAS are already in use in many industries in the United States including energy, emergency response, and the motion picture industry. UAS technology has been used worldwide since about 2013 to conduct inspections of […]

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Climate Resiliency: Local Perspectives, Global Ideas, and the Upcoming International Water & Climate Forum

As cities seek to redesign the way they manage water in response to changing climate conditions, it has become clear that a “one water” approach that unites drinking water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, and stormwater management efforts is the most beneficial to addressing many resiliency challenges while providing a wide range of community benefits.
LA Sanitation, […]

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The Cost of Clean Water

How much should clean water cost?  Should I have to pay more for my water and sewer bill than I do for cable TV?  What is the true value of having clean and safe rivers, lakes and estuaries?  These are important questions that garner significant and ongoing discussion, but one thing is clear: the cost […]

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Greener is Better – DC Water’s Updated Consent Decree

On May 20, 2015 I was joined by our partners at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Mayor of the District of Columbia to announce the completion of the process to modify DC Water’s Long Term Control Plan to enable a significant investment in green infrastructure.
Under the […]

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The Nation’s Capital Shows Leadership on Integrated Planning, Green Infrastructure & Jobs

At an event in Washington, DC today, DC Water announced its new agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to modify its long term control plan for green infrastructure to meet obligations under its wet weather consent decree. In addition to the multiple benefits that green infrastructure – […]

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Federal Partnership Essential for Water Infrastructure

It is easy to take clean water for granted. Our communities enjoy the luxury of having 24/7 access to clean drinking water and reliable wastewater services.  Without these services, business comes to a screeching halt.  However, these gains are at risk due to aging infrastructure and more complex water quality challenges that are placing enormous […]

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There Are Heroes Among Us

Next week, over 150 pretreatment professionals from across the country will gather at NACWA’s National Pretreatment & Pollution Prevention Workshop in Greenville, South Carolina.  While these pretreatment professionals will look like average people, I like to imagine all of them wearing superhero capes, because I think that they are the unsung heroes that protect the […]

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Financing Makes the World Go Round

 
It used to be money but lately it seems that financing is what makes the world go ‘round, or at least for the water sector. And NACWA has been working increasingly with our members, the federal government and other organizations on financing.
NACWA’s Clean Water Finance Work Group met for the first time this month and […]

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