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Water sector asks Senate for aid in next relief package

Water sector asks Senate for aid in next relief package

June 22, 2020 at 7:50 am 0 comments

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), two organizations representing municipally-owned utilities, recently asked Senate leaders to include public sector aid in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. Pointing to estimates that drinking water and wastewater systems could lose as muchRead More

Associations support positive regulatory determination on PFAS

Associations support positive regulatory determination on PFAS

June 8, 2020 at 8:59 am 0 comments

Nine leading water associations are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use “sound science and robust analyses” as it evaluates drinking water standards for two per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS). In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), Association of Metropolitan WaterRead More

Dems’ HEROES Act includes billions for utility, ratepayer assistance

Dems’ HEROES Act includes billions for utility, ratepayer assistance

May 13, 2020 at 9:13 am 0 comments

Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday released the HEROES Act, the latest proposed relief package to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic challenges resulting from it. The proposal includes $1.5 billion in funding for water ratepayer assistance to help struggling households pay their water andRead More

Senate committee approves water recycling investments

Senate committee approves water recycling investments

May 11, 2020 at 10:16 am 0 comments

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee last week passed legislation that will make significant investments in water recycling programs and resources. The two pieces of legislation — America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 and the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 — include numerous provisions that will advanceRead More

Water Week hosting live webinars with congressional updates

Water Week hosting live webinars with congressional updates

April 22, 2020 at 12:30 pm 0 comments

The organizers of Water Week 2020 will present complimentary webinar sessions on April 22 and 29 to discuss the water sector’s key issues and talking points, as well tools and tips for engaging with congressional representatives. Live conference events for Water Week 2020, originally scheduled for April 26 – May 2Read More

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

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

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