Washington Report

EPA modifies CSO settlement with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

EPA modifies CSO settlement with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

July 17, 2024 at 9:32 am 0 comments

In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed modification to the 2011 settlement with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to address the flow of untreated sewage into Cleveland-area waterways and Lake Erie. The agency said the modification will affect the CityRead More

EPA invests $20 million in water workforce training, development

EPA invests $20 million in water workforce training, development

July 15, 2024 at 9:05 am 0 comments

In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPS) committed to providing more than $20 million to 13 workforce development organizations under its Innovative Water Workforce Development Grant Program, which supports expanding career opportunities in the drinking water and wastewater utility sector. “In every community inRead More

House subcommittee proposal would slash EPA budget by 20 percent

House subcommittee proposal would slash EPA budget by 20 percent

July 8, 2024 at 9:05 am 0 comments

In June, a House Appropriations Subcommittee approved a spending proposal for FY25 that would cut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by $1.8 billion, bringing the total appropriation for the agency to $7.36 billion for the next fiscal year, down from $9.16 billion inRead More

EPA: WaterSense-labeled products helped save 1 trillion gallons in 2023

EPA: WaterSense-labeled products helped save 1 trillion gallons in 2023

July 1, 2024 at 6:35 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program was developed as a mechanism for consumers and businesses to help conserve water. EPA recently said in 2023 alone, WaterSense-labeled products helped save 1.2 trillion gallons of water. Since the conception of the WaterSense label, the agency saidRead More

NACWA applauds WIPPES Act passage

NACWA applauds WIPPES Act passage

June 17, 2024 at 7:35 am 0 comments

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed the Wastewater Infrastructure Pollution Prevention and Environmental Safety (WIPPES) Act, the result of a decade of advocacy by NACWA, the California Association of Sanitation Agencies, water sector partners, and manufacturers to improve labeling. The legislation directs theRead More

EPA announces final rule to improve drinking water quality awareness

EPA announces final rule to improve drinking water quality awareness

May 30, 2024 at 8:15 am 0 comments

On May 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule to make annual drinking water quality reports more understandable and accessible to the public. The agency said the reports are an important tool that drinking water systems use to inform residents about waterRead 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

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

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