Category Archives: Utility Management

Senate Comes Together on Water Infrastructure; Attention Turns to the House of Representatives

While Washington may have a well-deserved reputation for partisan gridlock, the U.S. Senate took a major step on September 15  towards showing that issues around water and water infrastructure can be overwhelming bipartisan when it passed S.2848, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA), with a thumping 95-3 vote. In an intense election season […]

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Balancing the Need for Investment with Low-income Customer Affordability

As communities across the nation address the ever-pressing need to maintain and update its water infrastructure, a larger question looms, ‘How do sewer and water utilities make these much-needed investments while being mindful about affordability, particularly as it relates to low-income customers?’  In short, how do utilities balance the staggering need for investment vs. low-income […]

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Building 21st Century Infrastructure for 21st Century Cities

The creation of modern water and wastewater systems was one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. Drinking water treatment and systems brought safe, reliable drinking water to homes and businesses. Clean water systems eliminated deadly diseases such as cholera and typhoid and helped extend life expectancy in the U.S. by […]

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Could It Be? Stars Aligning for Potential Major CWA Improvements

Last week, I had the privilege of giving a federal policy update at the Texas Water conference in Ft. Worth.  As part of my presentation, I asked audience members to shout out the first word that came to mind when they thought about Washington, DC and Congress.  “Dysfunction,” “broken,” and “polarized” were among the favorites […]

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Some Data on Why Water Week is Important

For the first time in years, water has become a predominant issue in our nation’s consciousness. With the twin challenges of the ongoing crisis in Flint and the drought in the West, legislators are introducing bills at an unprecedented pace to address our pressing water infrastructure needs. The Water Sector has the unique opportunity to […]

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White House Water Summit Highlights Need for Innovation & Investment

On March 22 – World Water Day – the White House hosted an important Water Summit focused on building a sustainable water future for the United States.  Themes of innovation, resiliency, and sustainability played an important role in the day’s events, but there was also significant attention on the water infrastructure challenges facing communities around […]

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Building Resiliency in St. Louis

Today, NACWA in conjunction with the Congressional Clean Water Caucus hosted a briefing entitled Building Water Resiliency—From Wet Weather to Drought that highlighted community resiliency efforts being led by the municipal clean water sector.  Participating in the briefing were representatives from several utilities, including my agency — the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD).
All across […]

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We Are All Dependent on Strong & Reliable Infrastructure

Two weeks ago, the Value of Water Coalition, of which NACWA is a member, released the findings of a national poll on public attitudes about water and it couldn’t be more timely. With the water crisis in Flint receiving substantial media attention across the nation, issues that are normally out of sight and out of mind […]

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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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Winning High School Science Fair Project Creates Interest in Energy/Water Nexus

We all create wastewater. Every time we brush our teeth, wash dishes, do laundry, bathe, and flush the toilet, used water flows from our homes through a vast network of pipes to a treatment plant where the water is cleaned and released back into the environment. Wastewater is generated from churches, schools, hospitals, businesses, and […]

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