Guest Columns

Commentary: The Utilities Industry Needs More Workers. To Attract Them, It Needs Modern Technology.

Commentary: The Utilities Industry Needs More Workers. To Attract Them, It Needs Modern Technology.

May 6, 2024 at 12:15 pm 0 comments

By Anita Peterson It’s no secret that the utilities industry, including water services, is going to have to grapple with a workforce gap in the coming years. This workforce decline has the potential to severely impact the experiences of both the remaining employees in theRead More

House introduces bill to establish new cyber risk governing body

House introduces bill to establish new cyber risk governing body

April 29, 2024 at 7:41 am 0 comments

Legislation that supports a collaborative approach to to regulating cybersecurity in the water sector was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in April. Spearheaded by Reps. Rick Crawford (R-Ariz.) and John Duarte (R-Calif.), H.R. 7922 authorizes an independent, non-federal entity to lead the development of cybersecurityRead More

Commentary: New Perspectives on Cybersecurity

Commentary: New Perspectives on Cybersecurity

April 22, 2024 at 8:28 am 0 comments

By Andrew Ginter In 2023, 68 cyber attacks took down more than 500 sites worldwide, some of them water utilities. All modern automation includes computers, and so for the last 40 years we have been deploying more and more targets for cyber attacks. Compounding theRead More

House bill aims to shield water systems, ratepayers from PFAS costs

House bill aims to shield water systems, ratepayers from PFAS costs

April 22, 2024 at 8:05 am 0 comments

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would provide a statutory shield for water systems under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for PFAS, and help ensure that polluters, not the public, pay for PFAS cleanup. The bill,Read More

Water Week 2024 to focus on legislative, regulatory water sector priorities

Water Week 2024 to focus on legislative, regulatory water sector priorities

April 9, 2024 at 8:43 am 0 comments

More than 350 water sector professionals and policy experts, representing associations and public water sector utilities from across the country, will take part in Congressional office visits this week as part of the annual “Water Week” Fly-In on Capitol Hill.   A large contingent ofRead More

Where do utility legal settlements for PFAS stand?

Where do utility legal settlements for PFAS stand?

April 8, 2024 at 9:01 am 0 comments

By Ken Sansone & Mike DiGiannantonio With EPA’s National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for PFAS now finalized, the recently announced 3M and DuPont settlements, stemming from the ongoing Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) Multi-District Litigation (MDL) promise access to billions of dollars to cover PFAS treatmentRead More

EPA announces $5.8 billion for SRFs

EPA announces $5.8 billion for SRFs

March 11, 2024 at 9:15 am 0 comments

As part of the fourth Investing in America tour, Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan recently announced more than $5.8 billion from President Joe Biden’s Investing in America agenda for states, Tribes and territories to invest in drinkingRead More

2024 Regulatory Outlook: PFAS, Lead and Copper Rule Improvements

2024 Regulatory Outlook: PFAS, Lead and Copper Rule Improvements

February 26, 2024 at 9:05 am 0 comments

By Brian Redder & Erica Brown As 2024 commences, EPA is hard at work preparing to finalize two major rulemakings under the Safe Drinking Water Act by the end of the year: the PFAS national primary drinking water regulations and the Lead and Copper RuleRead 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

Water sector issues joint statement to Congress on fully funding SRFs

Water sector issues joint statement to Congress on fully funding SRFs

February 19, 2024 at 9:45 am 0 comments

On Feb. 15, a broad group of water sector organizations representing, utilities, public works departments, executives, manufacturers, research organizations and other industry partners sent a letter to Congress requesting that it fully fund the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) to congressionallyRead More