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Water sector weighs in on COVID vaccine prioritization

Water sector weighs in on COVID vaccine prioritization

January 11, 2021 at 10:20 am 0 comments

The Water Sector Coordinating Council (WSCC) released a December 14 memo encouraging water and wastewater utilities to contact their state and local public health agencies about prioritization of their staff for COVID-19 vaccinations. The WSCC is is a policy, strategy and coordination mechanism for the U.S. Water and Wastewater Systems Sector in interactionsRead More

Xylem donates PPE to essential workers

Xylem donates PPE to essential workers

January 7, 2021 at 10:36 am 0 comments

Xylem has donated and delivered more than 300,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline workers in 2020, working alongside its partners. The personal protective equipment went to healthcare facilities and to water utility operators working to keep essential services flowing in local communities. In March 2020, Xylem beganRead More

RCAP, Xylem, 120Water provide face masks to essential utility workers

RCAP, Xylem, 120Water provide face masks to essential utility workers

December 4, 2020 at 10:15 am 0 comments

The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) announced in July it was sourcing and donating 40,000 N95 masks to frontline water operators in partnership with Xylem Watermark and 120Water. In August, Xylem donated an additional 65,000 which RCAP was able to coordinate with 120Water to distribute in response to continued spikesRead More

COVID-19 wastewater testing trials yield key insights

COVID-19 wastewater testing trials yield key insights

November 9, 2020 at 10:33 am 0 comments

Recent trial programs looking at the efficacy of testing wastewater to detect COVID-19 outbreaks have yielded important insights about how this method of testing can be used to improve public health, including providing an early indicator of infection that can be used to trigger advisories and recommendations How to BringRead More

Company releases solution for COVID-19 detection using wastewater testing

Company releases solution for COVID-19 detection using wastewater testing

October 19, 2020 at 8:13 am 0 comments

120Water, a digital water platform for modern sample management and compliance, announced a new program that can provide early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks by testing wastewater for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA that is shed by infected persons. According to current research, the testing of wastewater sewage for SARS-CoV-2 RNARead More

NACWA applauds utility aid in new relief package

NACWA applauds utility aid in new relief package

October 5, 2020 at 8:16 am 0 comments

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a pared-down version of the HEROES Act, the chamber’s previous COVID-19 relief package. The legislation contains $1.5 billion in aid to water and sewer utilities to help low-income ratepayers during the pandemic. The new version of the HEROES bill stripped $1.2 trillion in totalRead More

Saving Lives with Human-to-Machine Interface: Wastewater Lessons from COVID-19

Saving Lives with Human-to-Machine Interface: Wastewater Lessons from COVID-19

August 14, 2020 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Shannon C. Markham “These are truly unprecedented times.” If you have not heard this phrase 100 times in the last few months then you must have recently awoken from a lengthy slumber. The impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been widespread and thorough, affecting countless facets of our modern society.Read More

Will Supply Management Be Added to the List of Challenges to Water Utility Managers?

Will Supply Management Be Added to the List of Challenges to Water Utility Managers?

August 13, 2020 at 8:23 am 0 comments

By Jim Baehr Water utilities were already facing a long list of challenges before COVID-19. Add to the list employee health protection, shutoff moratoriums, intensified affordability issues, unstable cash flow, the inability to foresee the “new normal” and matters become more complicated. It’s probable the list will continue to grow.Read More

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An Update on the WIFIA Loan Program

August 10, 2020 at 9:28 am 0 comments

With three years of solid results, WIFIA looks poised for long-term success. But the program could also be a very effective part of the federal response to COVID-19. By John Ryan The U.S. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Loan Program (WIFIA) was enacted in 2014 and became operationalRead More

Rate Reviews & Long-Term Financial Planning: Lessons from COVID-19

Rate Reviews & Long-Term Financial Planning: Lessons from COVID-19

August 3, 2020 at 10:10 am 0 comments

By JP Joly With the multitude of challenges the world has faced in 2020, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact, many water utilities are rethinking their approach to rate reviews and long-term financial planning. As both residential and CII customers look for rate relief and/or paymentRead More