Clean Water Current Archive

  • NACWA Member Engagement Needed as Congress Ramps Up Infrastructure Work

    July 14, 2021
    As the Senate focuses its work on turning the high level bipartisan infrastructure framework released in late June into actual comprehensive legislation, NACWA sent a letter to Congressional Leadership last week urging that the highest level of funding for clean water infrastructure be provided in the form of direct investment.
  • Department of Health and Human Services Postpones Low-Income Assistance Webinar for Utilities

    July 14, 2021
    In the last Clean Water Current, NACWA included a save-the-date for Thursday, July 22nd for a one-hour webinar to be hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services for water and wastewater utilities to learn more about the emergency Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).
  • Don't Delay – Register Now for Next Week’s NACWA Utility Leadership Virtual Event!

    July 14, 2021
    Have you registered for NACWA’s upcoming Utility Leadership Virtual Event? Happening next week on July 20 and July 21, NACWA is hosting this free leadership event that will explore how water sector leaders have an opportunity to highlight the essential role they play in their communities and to influence how infrastructure conversations ultimately play out on the national stage.
  • Reminder – Application Deadline for Next Round of WIFIA Loans is July 23

    July 14, 2021
    EPA has approximately $5.5 billion in credit for Fiscal Year 2021 that could finance over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.
  • NACWA Asks EPA to Evaluate Pesticide Risks in Regulatory Decisions

    July 14, 2021
    NACWA has asked EPA to consider the risks to utility operations and the aquatic environment when evaluating pesticides for classification as a Minimum Risk Pesticide. This classification exempts certain pesticides from registration and other regulatory requirements under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). EPA is currently considering potential modifications to the Minimum Risk Pesticide Program.
  • US Water Alliance Seeks Survey Information on Climate and Resiliency Issues

    July 14, 2021
    The US Water Alliance recently kicked off a survey on climate resiliency as part of a larger Climate Resilience Through One Water: Framework and Utility Action Guide project.
  • Bipartisan Breakthrough on Infrastructure Announced, Path Forward Uncertain

    July 1, 2021
    Prospects for an infrastructure deal began to solidify late last week with an announcement between the White House and a bipartisan group of 21 Senators on June 24th that a deal had been struck on an infrastructure package.
  • Department of Health and Human Services Planning Low-Income Assistance Webinar for Water/Wastewater Providers

    July 1, 2021
    The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Services, which is administering the emergency Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP), is planning a webinar on July 22 to discuss this new program with clean water and drinking water utilities.
  • Chemical Supply Issues Resolving; EPA Hosts Webinar on Supply Resiliency

    July 1, 2021
    The supply issues related to sodium hypochlorite and other chlorine products appear to be resolving, with a chlor-alkali facility in Washington State back to full operations. Supplies of sodium hypochlorite and other chorine products had been reduced due to equipment failure and other problems at this production facility and facilities in other locations. The supply reductions primari
  • House Appropriations Committee Begins Work on FY2022 EPA Funding Bill

    July 1, 2021
    This week, the House Appropriations Committee began work on the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill, which provides annual funding for U.S. EPA and its core clean water programs.
  • EPA Takes Input on Supreme Court Maui Decision Guidance While 7th Circuit Punts on Application of Maui Test

    July 1, 2021
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been seeking input from various stakeholders on whether to rescind and replace the guidance put out at the end of the previous administration on how to apply the test articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund.
  • 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.

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