What Gifts Will EPA Leave Us Under The Clean Water Tree?

As everyone gets ready to celebrate the holidays, it is always worthwhile to think about the past year and to look ahead to what may be in store for the clean water community. NACWA is proud that we have played a key role through active collaborations in advancing the implementation of EPA’s 2012 Integrated Planning […]

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Leading Beyond the Plant with the Urban Waters Federal Partnership

Last week, NACWA partnered with 27 NGO’s and 14 Federal Agencies to support the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP). Groundwork USA, Wilderness Inquiry, and the Society of Municipal Arborists may seem to be unusual bedfellows, but NACWA shares the common belief that the best way to maintain and restore critical urban waters and watersheds is […]

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What Does “Flushable” Really Mean?

Utilities across the country are delivering the “3 Ps” message to their customers, asking them to flush only the 3 Ps – pee, poop, and toilet paper.  But since many manufacturers and retailers label some wipes and other products “flushable,” NACWA and its utility members are often asked if other products could be safe to […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

From our family to yours – a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy World Toilet Day!

Today is World Toilet Day! While it may sound like a humorous occasion, it’s actually serious – deadly serious.  It’s a day to recognize that not everyone has access to toilets or good sanitation, which leads to 1,000 children dying each day from diarrheal diseases related to poor sanitation.  
We usually take our toilets for […]

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Phantom of the Opera: Water Utilities Can No Longer Be Silent

It is been said by water utility leaders that the single greatest benefit to water infrastructure asset management is our ability to explain water. We can and need to improve the way we communicate about water and the value of water to society. Informed and educated stakeholders will think about, value, and manage water in […]

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2014 Midterms Changes Landscape on Capitol Hill

Contrary to the views of most pundits, pollsters and campaign strategists, the 2014 election cycle turned out to be a wave election that looked more like the 2010 midterms rather than the nail-biter that most of Washington’s political class expected.  Republicans expanded their majority in the House by thirteen votes and gained the majority in […]

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What a Difference a “Green” Year Makes

As we all know, a lot can happen in a year. 33 communities gathered this week in Cleveland for the second annual Green Infrastructure Summit. Green infrastructure (GI) has become such  a “regulator approved” approach to manage stormwater that it is hard to believe only one year ago, when a slightly smaller group of communities […]

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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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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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