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Some Data on Why Water Week is Important

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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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We Are All Dependent on Strong & Reliable Infrastructure

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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

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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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Big Data Environmentalism

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“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

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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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Water, Water Everywhere but . . .

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Never has the line from the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge been more poignant than on the West Coast this year.  We know that water is essential, and that’s why NACWA and my utility are part of a nationwide educational effort called “Imagine a Day Without Water.”  Dozens of other clean water utilities, mayors, engineers, […]

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Something’s Happening Here…

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When they were plain, old wastewater treatment plants, just about everyone would have described them as “conservative,” “low-profile,” or maybe even “boring.” Today’s clean water utilities are anything but.
In 2013, NACWA, WEF, and WERF took a look at this remarkable transformation and coined the term, Utility of the Future, or more simply, UOTF, to describe […]

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Climate Resiliency: Local Perspectives, Global Ideas, and the Upcoming International Water & Climate Forum

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As cities seek to redesign the way they manage water in response to changing climate conditions, it has become clear that a “one water” approach that unites drinking water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, and stormwater management efforts is the most beneficial to addressing many resiliency challenges while providing a wide range of community benefits.
LA Sanitation, […]

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Federal Partnership Essential for Water Infrastructure

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It is easy to take clean water for granted. Our communities enjoy the luxury of having 24/7 access to clean drinking water and reliable wastewater services.  Without these services, business comes to a screeching halt.  However, these gains are at risk due to aging infrastructure and more complex water quality challenges that are placing enormous […]

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Financing Makes the World Go Round

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It used to be money but lately it seems that financing is what makes the world go ‘round, or at least for the water sector. And NACWA has been working increasingly with our members, the federal government and other organizations on financing.
NACWA’s Clean Water Finance Work Group met for the first time this month and […]

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