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Congress advances tax reform bills that would impact water sector funding

Congress advances tax reform bills that would impact water sector funding

November 20, 2017 at 11:44 am 0 comments

A comprehensive tax code overhaul passed by the House of Representatives last week, and a similar bill approved by a Senate committee, would preserve the federal tax exemption for municipal bond interest, while eliminating advance refunding. The actions put Congress on track to potentially send a final tax reform billRead More

NAWC joins fight against utility scams targeting customers

NAWC joins fight against utility scams targeting customers

November 20, 2017 at 11:21 am 0 comments

The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) has joined Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS) — a consortium of more than 100 electric, water and natural gas utilities and their respective trade associations — in supporting the second annual Utility Scam Awareness Day to draw attention to the growing issue of utilityRead More

Businessmen coming to an agreement by shaking hands

WEF, BlueTech Research announce partnership

November 20, 2017 at 11:10 am 0 comments

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is formalizing its relationship with technology market intelligence firm BlueTech Research, a step toward advancing research in the water sector. One of the objectives of the partnership is to increase the opportunities to innovate and host events. WEF and BlueTech will launch a visiting scientistRead More

Magill steps down as Avanti president; Aguilar named successor

Magill steps down as Avanti president; Aguilar named successor

November 20, 2017 at 10:45 am 0 comments

Avanti International, a provider of injection grouts, announced Nov. 8 that Frank Aguilar has been appointed president, and Angela Magill, widow of Avanti founder David Magill, has been elected director and is the sole owner of the company. Aguilar succeeds Daniel Magill, who had been president and owner of AvantiRead More

NAWC names Colleen Newman as government relations director

NAWC names Colleen Newman as government relations director

November 16, 2017 at 11:21 am 0 comments

Colleen Newman has been named as the new director of government relations for the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC). Newman will lead NAWC’s efforts to promote policies supporting sustainable solutions to the nation’s water infrastructure investment and management challenges. These solutions require innovation and, working with NAWC members andRead More

Report: Private sector poised to capitalize on billions in municipal water opportunities

Report: Private sector poised to capitalize on billions in municipal water opportunities

November 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm 0 comments

In the wake of tightening municipal budgets, environmental violations, and aging infrastructure, private players are poised to capitalize on struggling water and wastewater utilities. According to a new report, U.S. Municipal Water & Wastewater: Defining the Addressable Market for Private Investment, Bluefield Research estimates the total market value of moreRead More

Water sector urges advance refunding as House panel moves on tax reform

Water sector urges advance refunding as House panel moves on tax reform

November 15, 2017 at 11:58 am 0 comments

The House Ways and Means Committee approved a comprehensive tax reform bill by a party line vote last week, sending the measure to the House floor. The full House is expected to consider the bill this week. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) is the House Republicans’ plan for the largest federal taxRead More

AWWA testifies on disaster response in the water sector

AWWA testifies on disaster response in the water sector

November 15, 2017 at 10:40 am 0 comments

Testifying before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Environment this month, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) highlighted successes in the water sector’s response to recent hurricanes but urged structural changes to make restoration of water systems a higher priority during emergencies. Mike Howe, executive director of AWWA’s Texas SectionRead More

AWWA, former USDA official push Farm Bill measures protecting source water

AWWA, former USDA official push Farm Bill measures protecting source water

November 13, 2017 at 11:57 am 0 comments

Speaking before the Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, the former chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), explained how the upcoming Farm Bill can advance collaborations that protect source water. David White, speaking on behalf of the American Water Works AssociationRead More

Businessmen coming to an agreement by shaking hands

WE&RF, WaterTAP partnership aims to expand U.S-Canadian innovation  

November 13, 2017 at 11:23 am 0 comments

Two neighboring and leading water innovation organizations have begun a new partnership to support the uptake of promising new water technologies. Recently at the World Water-Tech North America Summit in Toronto, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) announced a new partnership with the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) through theRead More

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