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Stimulus package excludes financial relief for water sector

Stimulus package excludes financial relief for water sector

March 30, 2020 at 10:09 am 0 comments

Congress released a massive stimulus package last week that was signed by President Donald Trump amid the COVID-19 pandemic that could have serious economic ramifications both in the United States and around the globe. The bill included significant funding for a variety of private industries, but direct financial relief for theRead More

EPA urges states to support water, wastewater operations amid coronavirus crisis

EPA urges states to support water, wastewater operations amid coronavirus crisis

March 30, 2020 at 10:09 am 0 comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler sent a letter to governors in all 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C. on Friday, urging them to ensure that drinking water and wastewater employees are considered essential workers by state authorities when enacting restrictions such as shelter in place orders to curb theRead More

Deane returns to EPA to head up Clean Water SRF program

Deane returns to EPA to head up Clean Water SRF program

March 30, 2020 at 9:51 am 0 comments

Michael Deane, former associate assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water, has announced he has returned to the agency to lead the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program, effective March 16. Deane most recently served as the executive director of the National Association ofRead More

Newark partners with 120Water for post-lead replacement program

Newark partners with 120Water for post-lead replacement program

March 26, 2020 at 8:54 am 0 comments

120Water, a digital water platform, has been selected by the City of Newark, New Jersey, to manage “The Newark Way of Thinking & Drinking,” a post lead service line (LSL) replacement program to ensure residents have clean, safe and reliable drinking water. Newark began a 30-month LSL replacement program inRead More

NACWA estimates clean water utilities could face $12.5 billion in losses from COVID-19 impact

NACWA estimates clean water utilities could face $12.5 billion in losses from COVID-19 impact

March 23, 2020 at 8:40 am 0 comments

While Congress debated the specifics of a major stimulus package last week, public clean water utilities continue to provide essential water services to their communities around the country despite the financial uncertainties. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) said in a press release that challenges utilities face include fallingRead More

Survey shows water utilities confident in maintaining operations despite financial uncertainty

Survey shows water utilities confident in maintaining operations despite financial uncertainty

March 20, 2020 at 11:16 am 0 comments

According to a survey from the American Water Works Association (AWWA), with water and wastewater services critical in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 90 percent of water utilities have business continuity plans in place or have plans to develop them. The survey, conducted March 10-16, included responses from employeesRead More

Water associations issue joint statement on COVID-19, denounce bottled water price gouging

Water associations issue joint statement on COVID-19, denounce bottled water price gouging

March 17, 2020 at 3:17 pm 0 comments

As the global COVID-19 crisis continues to develop and reports of bottled water shortages make headlines, the National Association of Water Companies, the American Water Works Association and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies issued a joint statement last week on the safety of tap water. According to the U.S.Read More

Lawmakers propose banning delinquent water shutoffs during coronavirus shutdown

Lawmakers propose banning delinquent water shutoffs during coronavirus shutdown

March 16, 2020 at 11:18 am 0 comments

A group of Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives has written to congressional leaders recommending the federal government impose a nationwide moratorium on water service disconnections until the COVID-19 crisis has subsided. The request came in the form of a March 11 letter sent to House and Senate leaders byRead More

Orange County commends collaboration on water reuse plan

Orange County commends collaboration on water reuse plan

March 13, 2020 at 3:28 pm 0 comments

The Orange County Water District (OCWD) applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for releasing the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) which was developed in collaboration with water sector organizations to accelerate adoption of water reuse. The plan identifies priority actions and the leadership and collaboration that is neededRead More

Core & Main acquiring R&B Co.

Core & Main acquiring R&B Co.

March 11, 2020 at 9:48 am 0 comments

Core & Main LP, a U.S. distributor of water, sewer and fire protection products, announced recently it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire underground utility distributor R&B Co., based in San Jose, Calif. The acquisition will mark Core & Main’s 10th transaction since becoming an independent company in AugustRead More