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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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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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Water Works – Collaboratively

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It's been said that "it takes a village" to affect positive change.  The water sector is applying the same approach to water infrastructure.  The Value of Water Coalition today launched Water Works! — a collaborative initiative to demonstrate the critical role water and clean water infrastructure plays in our national economy — at From Invisible […]

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No National Stormwater Rule, Now What?

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Warmer temperatures have broken out in most of the country, thankfully putting a lid on the bitter chill of winter. While others were deep in hibernation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was busy making announcements that will significantly affect the trajectory of stormwater regulation around the country. In late March, EPA’s Office of Water released […]

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Money Matters: Bipartisan Legislation Highlights Affordability Challenges

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Last week, Representatives Bob Latta (R-OH) and Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced H.R. 3862, The Clean Water Affordability Act, to help clean water agencies advance clean water projects while minimizing the financial impacts on ratepayers and municipal budgets.  Specifically, NACWA worked with Representatives Latta and Walz on provisions in the bill that would codify the EPA’s […]

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Some Interesting Facts About Flushables

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Clean water agencies across the country are experiencing problems with products that are flushed but do not break apart easily in the sewer system. NACWA launched a “Toilets Are Not Trashcans” campaign last year to protect our sewers from wipes, paper towels, FOG (fats, oils, and greases) and other products that should not be flushed.  […]

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What Will the Budget Break Thru Mean to Cities Struggling with Broken Mains?

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So this was the scene greeting many Washingtonians on their way to work Tuesday – another water main break in the middle of the nation’s Capital that snarled traffic in many directions and no doubt caused a very painful headache to DC Water for the remainder of the week.
But the water main break could not […]

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