‘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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The Power of A Works Wonders

At the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) we like to say that NACWA is each utility individually. . .realizing the power of many. . .by speaking with one voice. . .to ensure affordable solutions with the greatest environmental benefit.  In other words, NACWA represents the power of association.  One recent example of this [...]

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Texas’ Unlikely GHG Story

Texas recently found itself in a very unlikely regulatory position. Historically the Lone Star State is typically positioned on the side of light environmental regulation. In a convoluted story of unintended consequences, Texas’ original stance against subjecting and regulating greenhouse gasses (GHGs) under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Program, resulted in [...]

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The Springfield Story

Last week I testified in front of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment about the clean water affordability problems facing the City of Springfield, Missouri, and how integrated planning offers us a practical yet effective approach for addressing our water challenges in the most affordable way for our citizens. 
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Clean Water Affordability and the Need for Responsible Relief

Tomorrow the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment will hold an important hearing to look at the state of clean water affordability in this country and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new integrated planning approach for municipal wastewater and stormwater requirements.  
Since passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1971, this country’s water [...]

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New Report Highlights Billions of Dollars in Economic Value to Communities, Nation

NACWA released a new report this week titled, Today's Clean Water Utility – Delivering Value to the Ratepayer, Community, and Nation.  The report highlights the billions of dollars in savings and return on investment from innovative projects at the Nation's clean water agencies. This burgeoning innovation has come about as a result of a number [...]

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“Flushing Awesome” Public Education Campaigns

Last week’s What the Flush? post provided information on the Save Your Pipes Don’t Flush Baby Wipes public education pilot campaign in Maine.  Many other utilities around the country have launched their own public education campaigns to address not only baby wipes, but many other products that are often inappropriately flushed.   
A new Flushing Awesome campaign [...]

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What the Flush?!

If you follow NACWA on Twitter, you may have seen the groundbreaking Save Your Pipes: Don’t Flush Baby Wipes public education pilot campaign implemented by the Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA; formerly the Maine WasteWater Control Association) and the INDA, the trade association of the nonwoven fabrics industry (saveyourpipes.org).  This campaign developed after a bill [...]

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NACWA Finance Dialogue Opens Pipeline between Public and Private Sectors

NACWA hosted a vibrant Clean Water Finance Dialogue in New York City this week of approximately 40 representatives from private investment firms, public clean water agencies, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a focus on how private capital can be invested in public clean water projects. The issue of privatization was not on [...]

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