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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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Don’t Gamble on Wet Weather Consent Decree Negotiations

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If you are one of the estimated 40 million Americans who fill out more than 70 million brackets and “legally” wager approximately $2 billion on the NCAA tournament, your bracket may have taken a hit from upsets such as No. 1 seed Villanova getting ousted by N.C. State and No. 2 Virginia falling to Michigan State […]

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Let Water Spring to Life in March

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After a long and brutal winter (yes, I’m talking about you Boston!), this is the time of year that most of us begin embracing spring.  With weather on the east coast getting up into the 60’s and 70’s, the mountains of snow in our cities are melting away.  March also brings us World Water Day, […]

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The Utility of the Future at Work: Biomethane as New Sources of Energy & Income

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Clean water agencies seek more sustainable energy management and options for management of residuals produced in the process of cleaning dirty water.  The American Biogas Council (ABC) reports that “[t]he U.S. has over 2,000 sites producing biogas: 239 anaerobic digesters on farms, 1,241 wastewater treatment plants using an anaerobic digester . . . and 636 […]

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How DC Water Made a Bad Day Better Using Social Media

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Imagine if in the midst of rush hour during the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, a water main break occurs in the middle of a major metropolitan area, completely inundating a large section of the public transportation system and affecting tens of thousands of commuters.
This nightmare actually occurred in our nation’s capital […]

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What Gifts Will EPA Leave Us Under The Clean Water Tree?

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As everyone gets ready to celebrate the holidays, it is always worthwhile to think about the past year and to look ahead to what may be in store for the clean water community. NACWA is proud that we have played a key role through active collaborations in advancing the implementation of EPA’s 2012 Integrated Planning […]

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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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Happy World Toilet Day!

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Today is World Toilet Day! While it may sound like a humorous occasion, it’s actually serious – deadly serious.  It’s a day to recognize that not everyone has access to toilets or good sanitation, which leads to 1,000 children dying each day from diarrheal diseases related to poor sanitation.  
We usually take our toilets for […]

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What a Difference a “Green” Year Makes

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As we all know, a lot can happen in a year. 33 communities gathered this week in Cleveland for the second annual Green Infrastructure Summit. Green infrastructure (GI) has become such  a “regulator approved” approach to manage stormwater that it is hard to believe only one year ago, when a slightly smaller group of communities […]

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What Lies Beneath: Our Basement Has a Secret – And It’s Not Out of Sight or Out of Mind

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As Halloween approaches, Americans tend to watch more horror movies than usual.  And what is one of the scariest places depicted in horror films?  The basement.  NACWA has been watching its very own horror story unfold right before our eyes in the bowels of its headquarters building.  
In 1999 at the turn of the 21st century, […]

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