Clean Water Current Archive

  • EPA Provides Resources to Address Chemical Supply Issues

    June 23, 2021
    As chemical supply chain issues continue to impact utilities around the country, EPA has published instructions for water utilities on how to use Section 1441 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) or the Defense Production Act to obtain chlorine or any other chemicals needed for treating drinking water or wastewater.
  • Congressional Work on Water Continues as Infrastructure Debate Drags On

    June 23, 2021
    Congressional focus on water legislation continues this week both at the highest levels of leadership – with the White House and Congressional leaders continuing to negotiate a potential bipartisan infrastructure deal – and at the Committee level, where work continues to advance authorization bills.
  • EPA Environmental Justice Council Meets as NACWA Efforts Ramp Up

    June 23, 2021
    EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) held its third public meeting of the year last week, highlighting the emphasis on environmental justice (EJ) issues by the new Biden-Harris Administration.
  • NACWA Biosolids Committee Meets Virtually Tomorrow

    June 23, 2021
    NACWA’s Biosolids Committee will convene on Thursday, June 24 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST on Zoom and will discuss a variety of key issues happening at the federal level. The Committee will be briefed on activities that are ongoing at EPA as well as dive into evolving PFAS matters including NACWA’s recent letter to EPA’s PFAS Council and a new “how-to” guide on modeling the fate and transport of PFAS in biosolids and residuals.
  • Second Virtual Strategic Communications Conference a Success!

    June 23, 2021
    Last week, over 130 communications professionals from the public clean water sector joined NACWA for the second virtual StratComm: H2O event.
  • NACWA Sends Suite of Recommendations to EPA’s PFAS Council

    June 17, 2021
    NACWA sent a letter on June 14 to EPA’s newly formed EPA PFAS Council (EPC) detailing specific recommendations for EPA to consider as it develops a multi-year strategy to address PFAS.
  • Survey Highlights Trends for Water Sector Cybersecurity

    June 17, 2021
    A report will soon be available summarizing the results of the recent utility cybersecurity survey sponsored by NACWA and the other water sector associations. The survey revealed that many utilities are taking the necessary steps to protect their information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems, incorporating cybersecurity into risk management plans and protecting IT and OT assets but that there is not consistency across-the-board in planning.
  • House and Senate Take Up Numerous Clean Water Bills

    June 17, 2021
    Building on the momentum of last week’s passage of H.R. 1915, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 by the Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee, the focus shifted this week to the Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee where the Environment Subcommittee marked up and advanced several pieces of water legislation, including H.R. 3293, the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Programs Act of 2021, which NACWA has continued to champion.
  • Radhika Fox and Dr. Michal Freedhoff Confirmed to U.S. EPA

    June 17, 2021
    This week, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Radhika Fox to be Assistant Administrator of the U.S. EPA’s Office of Water. At press time, a vote had not yet occurred but is imminent. In advance, NACWA reiterated its strong support for her nomination. The nomination has advanced swiftly through the Senate, where a hearing and Committee vote on her nomination were held in May.
  • Clean Water Utilities Asked to Complete One Water Pretreatment Survey

    June 17, 2021
    The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has opened a utility survey to help determine how pretreatment programs fit within One Water frameworks and goals. The survey will allow WRF to identify pretreatment program activities, best practices, opportunities, challenges, and needs to characterize potential opportunities to leverage pretreatment programs for One Water initiatives.
  • EPA Reinstates Environmental Appeals Board Procedures

    June 17, 2021
    In a rule that took effect June 11, the EPA reversed the August 2020 changes to the organization and function of its Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) issued by the previous administration which altered the process to appeal EPA decisions, including those related to EPA-issued Clean Water Act permits.
  • LIHWAP Implementation Gets Underway; NACWA Member Update Webinar Held

    June 17, 2021
    Implementation of the new Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) has been gaining steam in recent weeks. Earlier this month, states learned their individual allocations of the total $1.138 billion available nationally and received access to up to 15 percent of their federal allocation for administrative costs to stand up their state’s program. NACWA has posted the allocations and their relative rank here
  • Environmental Organizations Petition DOJ to Reinstate Use of SEPs in Enforcement Actions

    June 17, 2021
    A group of environmental organizations represented by the Democracy Forward Foundation has petitioned the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to initiate a rulemaking process to clarify that DOJ can use Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) when settling civil enforcement actions brought under environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act.
  • House Advances Key Clean Water Funding Legislation as Infrastructure Talks Stumble

    June 9, 2021
    The House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee took another important step today towards passing a comprehensive water infrastructure bill as it marked up and advanced H.R. 1915, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021, on a bipartisan vote. The bill, which NACWA strongly supports, authorizes tens of billions of dollars of new federal investment for clean water.
  • NACWA Releases Compendium on Utility Affordability and Low-Income Assistance Programs

    June 9, 2021
    NACWA is pleased to announce the release of a new publication, Addressing the Affordability of Water and Wastewater Services in the U.S. – Case Studies of Utility Affordability Programs and Rate Structures, that outlines examples of how public clean water utilities across the nation are trying to address affordability challenges in their communities.
  • Senate Committee Holds Hearing on PFAS

    June 9, 2021
    The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing this morning, PFAS: the View from Affected Citizens and States, which included testimony from state officials from New Mexico and West Virginia, a citizen advocacy group, and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
  • EPA Collecting Information on NPDES Program Burden and Cost; Member Input Requested

    June 9, 2021
    EPA will soon embark on a renewal of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program Information Collection Request (ICRs), which set to expire next year.
  • New “How-To” Guide for Modeling PFAS Fate and Transport in Screening Biosolids

    June 9, 2021
    NACWA, in partnership with the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) and the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), is pleased to share with members a new report prepared by Stone Environmental detailing a more thorough “how-to” guide to understanding how the Pesticide Root Zone Model (PRZM) may be used to screen for PFAS potentially leaching into groundwater from land applied residuals and biosolids.
  • Progress Made on National Biosolids Survey; Additional Utility Responses Needed

    June 9, 2021
    NACWA is continuing its support and partnership with the Northeast Biosolids and Residuals Association (NEBRA) on the 2nd National Biosolids Regulation, Quality, End Use and Disposal Survey.
  • Last Call to Register for StratComm: H2O, June 14 & 15!

    June 9, 2021
    We encourage all clean water communications professionals to register for this year’s StratComm: H2O virtual event, taking place next Monday and Tuesday, June 14 and 15, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST.

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January 2017

January 17
January 10

December 2016

December 20
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December 5

November 2016

November 22
November 14
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October 2016

October 31
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October 11
October 3

September 2016

Septemper 26
September 19
September 12
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August 2016

August 29
August 22
August 15
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August 1

July 2016

July 25
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June 2016

June 27
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April 25
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March 2016

March 28
March 21
March 14
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February 2016

February 29
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January 2016

January 29
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