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Ohio Places New Burdens on POTWs in Response to Toledo Water Crisis

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New legislation became effective in Ohio last Friday, July 3, that attempts to respond to the toxic algal blooms that shut down water service to approximately 500,000 customers in Toledo last summer.  The application of fertilizer on frozen, snow covered, or saturated soil in the Western Basin of Lake Erie—where the majority of phosphorous spills […]

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Is Beer the Next Frontier for Clean Water Utilities?

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There is a ‘yuck’ factor associated with what has traditionally been called Toilet to Tap initiatives in the arena of water reuse; but this may be changing.  With the summer upon us, and for some parts of the country, historic drought, comes renewed national attention on the issue of potable water reuse.  Two NACWA Member […]

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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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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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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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EPA’s Dental Amalgam Separator Rule: It’s Not Filling a Hole

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Keeping mercury out of the environment is definitely a good thing, since it is a persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic pollutant.  Clean water agencies have long worked to reduce their mercury discharges into the environment, and a variety of pollution prevention measures have resulted in the reduction of mercury discharges from wastewater treatment facilities.
Last year, EPA […]

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We Were Collaborating Before Collaborating Was Cool

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I don’t know about you, but I always feel a little bit of remorse about not reading more business books.  As I wander through the airport – the books call to me like a lost child and make me feel guilty about hunkering down over People Magazine on my flight, at least for the duration […]

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Water Quality Concerns Tops the List for USDA RCPP Spending and NACWA Members are Key Partners

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Today, the USDA announced 115 grant awards under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), a new program established under the 2014 Farm Bill that relies on non-agricultural partners to help farmers implement conservation practices to address natural resources concerns, including water quality.   The program is a novelty as it is the first USDA conservation program […]

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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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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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