Category Archives: Infrastructure

NACWA Members Gather in Sunny San Diego to Forecast the Future of Clean Water Innovation

The weather couldn’t be beat in San Diego this week as we joined our clean water colleagues for the 2016 Winter Conference, Back to the Basics . . . Will Compliance Concerns Derail Efforts to Innovate?
NACWA brought together thought leaders, technology solution providers, and utility representatives to discuss how and whether the Clean Water Act […]

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Budget Leaves Us Disappointed

Last week, President Obama sent his last budget to Capitol Hill outlining his proposed priorities for federal spending as he leaves office, including spending on environmental priorities.  The budget document was released as Washington’s focus was transfixed on the on-going public health tragedy in Flint, Michigan related to lead contamination of its drinking water, and […]

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The New Alchemy: Turning Waste into Energy

The award-winning Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant commenced in 1964.  Since then, the plant has grown from less than 10 MGD to current permitted design of 110 MGD. Southside is one of the two wastewater treatment plants owned and operated by City of Dallas Water Utilities (DWU). Both plants are responsible for treating all of the […]

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Flint Crisis Spurs National Dialogue, Water Sector Responds

The unfolding drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues to receive significant national media attention, and serves as an important reminder to all Americans about the fundamental importance of safe and reliable water treatment.  As the facts in Flint continue to unfold, all can agree that the residents of Flint deserve much better and that […]

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Big Data Environmentalism

“In God we trust. All others must bring data.”
That’s what American Statistician William Edwards Deming said more than 50 ago. He must have known what was coming.
Today, humans create 2.5 quintillion new bytes of data every single day. If each byte were a penny, that’s enough pennies to completely cover the surface of the Earth […]

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Looking Back – And Ahead

Last night, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address, presenting his vision for the future of the country.  One thing notably missing from his discussion was any mention of increased investment in the nation’s infrastructure, especially water infrastructure.  This serves as a stark reminder of the need for the municipal clean water […]

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What Could COP-21 Mean for Wastewater Utilities?

The world is waiting to see what new global agreement on climate change materializes as the United Nations’ COP 21 – the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties – nears its conclusion this week. The COP 21 talks have again made climate change the subject of many global headlines. But what does the […]

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Toilets Are Not Trashcans!

On November 19, World Toilet Day, NACWA unveiled a new Toilets Are Not Trashcans logo to encourage proper respect of toilets, and the sewer systems that they flush into.  Too many utilities across the country – and around the world – are spending too much money on dealing with all of the products that people […]

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International Knowledge-Sharing for Stormwater Resiliency

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) serves over 9 million New Yorkers, provides clean drinking water to City residents and several New York State counties, and stormwater management and wastewater treatment for the City. With the massive amount of people depending on these critical services, we have been proactively studying climate change […]

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The FTC Flunks “Flushable” Wipes

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Monday that it finalized a consent order with Nice-Pak Products, Inc. requiring it to stop advertising its wipes as “flushable” unless it can substantiate the claim.  This consent order is the first action by a government agencies to deal with the flushability issue, and it is a huge […]

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