The Clean Water Voice

  • Moving Toward Microgrids

    May 2, 2024
    A distributed energy system can provide great opportunities for a municipal district looking to take advantage of a community’s nearby resources. Such a system adopts either a central plant or “microgrid” concept to leverage fuel flexibility for centralized energy delivery.
  • EPA Issues Final Rulemaking on Clean Water Act Hazardous Substance Facility Response Plans

    April 24, 2024
    On March 14, 2024, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a final rule requiring certain facilities to develop Facility Response Plans (FRPs) for a potential worst-case discharge of Clean Water Act (CWA) hazardous substances, including planning for the threat of a worst-case discharge.
  • Advancing the Water Sector’s Climate Progress in 2024: A Strategic Perspective

    January 4, 2024
    The water sector is at a critical juncture. Changing weather patterns are impacting supply as demand grows, putting utilities under pressure to keep the taps running while meeting mounting regulations. As climate impacts intensify, utility managers face a dual challenge: how to adapt to climate change while mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • The Rise of AI in Water and Wastewater Management: Ensuring a Sustainable Future

    November 16, 2023
    In an era where artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing sectors across the board, its application within water and wastewater management is demonstrating the power of smart technology to secure a resilient future.
  • How El Paso Uses Advanced Tech to Catch and Stop Water Polluters

    October 5, 2023
    A mysterious pollutant was swirling beneath the streets in one corner of El Paso. Our everyday utility monitoring revealed that high levels of heavy metals – mercury, copper, nickel and aluminum – were flowing through local sewers into one of our four wastewater plants. This was a troubling discovery.
  • Agencies Mirror Sackett Restrictions for WOTUS

    September 20, 2023
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (together, the Agencies) issued a straight-to-final-rule revised definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) on August 29, 2023.
  • A Needle in a Haystack – The Media Relations Journey of a Diamond Ring Found in a Wastewater Treatment Plant

    September 7, 2023
    In the field of wastewater treatment, a surprise in day-to-day operations is rarely a positive event. This spring, the Environmental Services (ES) division of the Metropolitan Council, responsible for the regional wastewater treatment system serving 111 customer cities and townships in the Twin Cities metro region, made an unexpected discovery at one of their wastewater treatment plants that sparked months-long national media attention and greatly increased the visibility of the organization.
  • Unleashing the Power of Progressive Design-Build for Water Agency Projects: A Former GM's Perspective

    August 17, 2023
    In the ever-evolving world of water projects, the concept of Progressive Design-Build (PDB) has emerged as a game changer.
  • 5 Things You Need to Know from the Digital Twin Readiness Guide

    February 8, 2023
    One of the most transformative technologies in the water industry today centers around planning and implementing Digital Twins. Benefits of this technology include increased speed of delivery, improved compliance, better allocation of resources, and...
  • The Evolution of Water Reuse

    December 14, 2022
    Dating back to the Bronze Age, humans have used wastewater and stormwater for irrigation of crops. Since that time, reuse has evolved with applications moving beyond agriculture to include non-potable uses such as cooling and toilet flushing and potable uses such as groundwater and reservoir augmentation. Shifting factors such as population growth and climate change have...
  • Solving Water While Advancing Net-Zero

    November 9, 2022
    The race to net-zero emissions is on. Just as the water sector is helping make the world more sustainable by delivering clean water and reliable sanitation to communities, we also can play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to help slow climate change.
  • Harnessing the Biggest Opportunity of Our Time: Reimagining Water Infrastructure with Advanced Solutions and Innovative Approaches

    March 30, 2022
    The recently passed infrastructure bill has put renewed focus on the role of advanced technologies and the power of digital solutions to cost-effectively modernize our critical networks. As the single largest investment in infrastructure that the federal government has ever made, the timing couldn’t be more significant. Utilities continue to navigate the operational and economic complexities of a...
  • Real-Time Decision Support Systems: Moving Utilities to Data-Driven Decision-Making and Optimized Performance at Lower Cost

    February 9, 2022
    As water utilities continue to lean into digital technologies, a new category is proving transformative. More and more utilities are building real time decision support systems (RT-DSS) as the digital connective tissue to unlock big returns from their investments in gray, green and IT infrastructure. Today utilities can barely remember how they survived without...
  • Inspired by Women in My New Water Network

    September 15, 2021
    I was recently flattered to be selected from all the strong female leaders in WSSC Water to represent the organization in the Women in Water (WIW) Roundtable Group, a six-month virtual program offered through NACWA and Core Consulting’s Core Leadership collaboration. The program is oriented towards mid-level professionals, but anyone from inspiring leaders to executive staff can...
  • Core Growth for Emerging Leaders

    August 24, 2021
    I recently had the opportunity to participate in “Core Growth for Emerging Leaders: Building Water’s Future Leaders,” a training program under NACWA and Core Consulting Group’s recently formed Core Leadership offering. The program is based on a regional cohort model of 15-20 participants from several utilities in the same region coming together to form a class.
  • Actionable Intelligence to Inform Better Decision-Making Today and Tomorrow

    July 14, 2021
    Over the last eighteen months, cities on the frontline have been navigating the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The water sector faced its own unique challenges, as utilities across the country did their best to maintain essential services such as access to water and sanitation. Those who had implemented digital capabilities were far better equipped to weather the storm, focusing the industry’s attention on the role of digital solutions in promoting greater resiliency.
  • New York City reaches out to its customers to propel Green Infrastructure investment

    June 28, 2021
    The city’s stormwater management programme has seriously reduced the risk of combined sewer overflow events in the decade since it was launched. As it starts work on a second stage of the project, the city’s water utility will need buy-in from its commercial customers.
  • Wiping Up 2020: Steps Forward for Consumer Education on Wipes

    December 18, 2020
    Legislation on wipes is important, but so too is thoughtful consumer education. By fighting this battle on both fronts, NACWA is working hard to ensure a future where only the 3 Ps make it down the drain, and fatbergs – those colossal, congealed masses of wipes, FOG and more – are a thing of the past.
  • Looking to 2021: The Elections Are Over… Now What?

    December 2, 2020
    The last two weeks seem to have marked an important turning point in what has been the long and drawn out saga of the 2020 election – some sense of finality and, finally, an opportunity to look to the future. President Trump, while not yet officially conceding the presidential race, paved the way on November 23 for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris to receive full access to federal agencies and federal funds for the transition process – all but ending any suspense over who will inhabit the White House come January 20.
  • The Impact of RBG on Society, Environmental Law, and What Comes Next

    September 29, 2020
    Much has been, will be, and should be said about the life and passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg had a groundbreaking legal career, followed by thirteen years of service on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and an impressive twenty-seven more as an Associate Justice on the Nation’s highest court - the second woman ever to hold that title. During all of which she was, in the words of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., “a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”


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