Happy Labor Day!

To all of those who keep the water flowing and clean, 24/7/365.

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End of Summer Reading Lists

I’m sad to say the end of summer is near.  It’s Back to School time and Labor Day is right around the corner.  What better to beat that End-of-Summer Sadness than a roundup of some of the best blogs in biz!
Blogs have become a standard in external communications for the Water Sector.  Blogs can help […]

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Being a Utility of the Future is Being the Change We Wish to See

I’ve been very glad to see so much attention focused lately on the Utility of the Future (UOTF).  In my view, the key to being a UOTF is the notion that clean water utilities should no longer see permit compliance as the ceiling of their aspirations but, instead, as the floor.  Clean water utilities have […]

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Toledo…One Year Later

This time last year the country was talking all about Toledo, and not in a good way.  The city was forced to shut off municipal water to the almost half a million people it serves due to the presence of toxins resulting from a harmful algal bloom.  While Toledo was an extreme case and other […]

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Join NACWA at the American Water Summit

There has never been a more important time for the public sector to share its story of success and be engaged in the dialogue on the role the private sector can play to supplement existing, municipally-led efforts.  Early this year, White House officials announced the creation of the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, which […]

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Ahhh Summer

Aaah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. – Darell Hammond
What happened to summer?  It used to be that summer would be quiet, Congress would be home in their districts, and if they were in DC not much would be going on.  Drive-time traffic would […]

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The Plastic Microbead Loophole

Wisconsin recently joined the growing number of states that have passed bans on plastic microbeads in personal care products (PCPs).  Unfortunately, the Wisconsin law, along with other proposed state laws, contains a major loophole that benefits the plastics and cosmetics industries at the expense of the environment and human health. 
The movement to ban microbeads in […]

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NACWA Sends Strong Resolution to Capitol Hill Opposing Great Lakes Provision in Senate EPA Spending Bill

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been up on The Hill urging Senators to oppose Section 428 of the Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 spending package. Section 428 would prohibit wastewater agencies that discharge directly or indirectly to the Great Lakes from discharging overflows of any kind, including combined sewer overflows (CSOs) […]

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Ohio Places New Burdens on POTWs in Response to Toledo Water Crisis

New legislation became effective in Ohio last Friday, July 3, that attempts to respond to the toxic algal blooms that shut down water service to approximately 500,000 customers in Toledo last summer.  The application of fertilizer on frozen, snow covered, or saturated soil in the Western Basin of Lake Erie—where the majority of phosphorous spills […]

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Happy 4th of July!

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