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No More Microbeads

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On December 28, President Obama signed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, marking a major victory for clean water and NACWA. The law bans the manufacture of rinse-off cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads after July 1, 2017, and prohibits the sale of these products after July 1, 2018.
NACWA strongly supported the legislation banning microbeads as part […]

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Toilets Are Not Trashcans!

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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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The FTC Flunks “Flushable” Wipes

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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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The Plastic Microbead Loophole

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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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There Are Heroes Among Us

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Next week, over 150 pretreatment professionals from across the country will gather at NACWA’s National Pretreatment & Pollution Prevention Workshop in Greenville, South Carolina.  While these pretreatment professionals will look like average people, I like to imagine all of them wearing superhero capes, because I think that they are the unsung heroes that protect the […]

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On April Fools – The Wipes Issue is No Joke

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The media can’t seem to get enough of wipes stories, which is a good thing for utilities since every news story draws attention to the problem and helps to educate people not to flush wipes.  Several major stories appeared about the wipes problem in the month of March.  The New York Times published an article […]

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March Water Madness

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Everyone loves holidays and observances.  Whether it be a national holiday like Independence Day, a religious or secular holiday or even an unofficial holiday – such as International Talk Like a Pirate Day – we all have our favorites.  March happens to be choke-full of fun unofficial holidays that are meaningful to the clean water […]

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To Flush or Not to Flush? That is the Question

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“To Flush or Not to Flush” seems to be a question that many consumers either cannot answer correctly, or do not care to ask.  Wastewater utilities are frustrated by the amount of materials – such as paper towels, baby wipes, cleaning wipes, wipes labeled “flushable”, and feminine hygiene products – that are causing expensive problems […]

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What Does “Flushable” Really Mean?

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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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‘Cause That’s How We Roll!

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National Toilet Paper Day was celebrated on August 26, and we should all take a moment to be grateful for how the pleasant rolls of soft TP make life a little better.  When my mom was growing up in a rural part of Texas in the 1950s, her house had no indoor plumbing and their […]

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