Articles by: Andrew Farr

Water Main Breaks: U.S. & Canada

Water Main Breaks: U.S. & Canada

May 20, 2024 at 9:35 am 0 comments

Photos and charts courtesy of Utah State University. Analyzing Utah State University’s Third Study Examining Break Rates For all the out-of-sight, out-of-mind infrastructure we talk about in the water utility sector, water main breaks may be one of the more visible events that remind theRead More

EPA designates PFOA, PFOS as hazardous substances under CERCLA

EPA designates PFOA, PFOS as hazardous substances under CERCLA

April 19, 2024 at 3:41 pm 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday finalized more regulatory action on PFAS as it moved to designate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as Superfund. EPA also releasedRead More

EPA finalizes highly-anticipated rule to regulate PFAS in drinking water

EPA finalizes highly-anticipated rule to regulate PFAS in drinking water

April 11, 2024 at 11:15 am 0 comments

On April 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR), establishing Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The long-awaited regulation has drawn pushback from the water sector over the cost increases it mayRead More

EPA names new acting water chief

EPA names new acting water chief

February 26, 2024 at 8:45 am 0 comments

The US. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new acting head of the Office of Water as the current assistant administrator, Radhika Fox, exits her post at the end of the month. Bruno Pigott, who currently serves as principal deputy assistant administrator for water,Read More

Inside Cleveland Water’s Ambitious Lead Service Line Replacement Program

Inside Cleveland Water’s Ambitious Lead Service Line Replacement Program

February 22, 2024 at 11:15 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates there are still 9.2 million lead lines connecting homes to water systems nationwide. According to the American Water Works Association, the average cost to fully replace a single lead service line can be more than $10,000 and AWWARead More

FBI director warns of CCP cyber attacks days after CISA guidance issued

FBI director warns of CCP cyber attacks days after CISA guidance issued

February 5, 2024 at 1:45 pm 0 comments

In January, testifying before the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Chinese hackers are preparing to “wreak havoc” on critical U.S. infrastructure. In his remarks, Wray specifically mentioned water asRead More

EPA pulls back cybersecurity rule

EPA pulls back cybersecurity rule

October 12, 2023 at 2:15 pm 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will withdraw plans to require states to survey cybersecurity best practices at public water systems — welcome news to much of the industry that opposed the approach. The EPA proposal was included in the agency’s FY22Read More

Q&A: Risk, Resilience and Response

Q&A: Risk, Resilience and Response

August 28, 2023 at 8:34 am 0 comments

Shawn Corrigan, Vice President, Risk and Resilience Principal, Carollo, chats with WF&M This past June at AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE23) in Toronto, we caught up with Shawn Corrigan, CEM, vice president and risk and resilience principal at Carollo. Corrigan walked us though someRead More

2023 Water Finance Conference to include Cleveland Water, NEORSD site visits

2023 Water Finance Conference to include Cleveland Water, NEORSD site visits

June 19, 2023 at 8:00 am 0 comments

As part of the 2023 Water Finance Conference, Aug. 8-9 in Cleveland, Ohio, attendees will have the opportunity to tour Cleveland Water’s Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant and visit the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s (NEORSD) nearby Superior Avenue Pump Station. Cleveland Water’s GarrettRead More

AWWA: EPA ‘should consider withdrawing’ proposed NPDWR for PFOA, PFOS

AWWA: EPA ‘should consider withdrawing’ proposed NPDWR for PFOA, PFOS

June 5, 2023 at 12:30 pm 0 comments

In public comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week, two water sector associations representing the drinking water sector offered strong recommendations to the agency’s proposed National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for PFAS. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and AssociationRead More