The International Water Services Flushability Group (IWSFG) has published a second draft of its flushability standard, with a public comment period open until March 1. The IWSFG is an international group of wastewater utilities and the associations representing them that share a common goal of reducing the problems caused by the inappropriate flushing of consumer products, including wipes. NACWA has participated in the development of the flushability standard, which will ensure that any product meeting the standard is safe to flush into municipal wastewater utility systems.
Membership in the IWSFG is open to national, state, and regional associations, as well as individual utilities. Currently, the IWSFG membership has six national associations, including NACWA, and two NACWA member utilities. NACWA members who are interested in joining the IWSFG should contact Cynthia Finley, NACWA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs. An upcoming Advocacy Alert from NACWA will provide additional information about NACWA’s work on wipes issues through its Toilets Are Not Trashcans ™ campaign.