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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

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

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

EPA: Tap water safe to drink amid coronavirus outbreak

EPA: Tap water safe to drink amid coronavirus outbreak

March 12, 2020 at 4:40 pm 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Coronavirus guidance for drinking water and wastewater for the public, reiterating that Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence, the risk to waterRead More

NACWA says bill will advance clean water research, innovation

NACWA says bill will advance clean water research, innovation

March 9, 2020 at 9:41 am 0 comments

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week to establish and fund a federal Advanced Research Projects Agency – Water (ARPA-H2O) to provide funding assistance to drinking water and clean water systems, private sector entities, academic research institutions, and nonprofit organizations. The bill would support theRead More

EPA: Trump administration’s new WOTUS definition seeks to end confusion, federal overreach

EPA: Trump administration’s new WOTUS definition seeks to end confusion, federal overreach

January 27, 2020 at 12:21 pm 0 comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James last week announced a new, clear definition for “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.  According to EPA and the Department of the Army, the new definitionRead More

AMWA: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule presents significant changes for utilities

AMWA: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule presents significant changes for utilities

January 2, 2020 at 2:15 pm 0 comments

By Diane VanDe Hei The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in October released its long-awaited proposal for the revised Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). The proposal includes many far-reaching provisions that, if put into law, will have a lasting impact on how water utilities in the United States address leadRead More