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Water sector applauds House leadership for affordability program boost

Water sector applauds House leadership for affordability program boost

March 1, 2021 at 10:36 am 0 comments

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act, legislation to deliver additional COVID-19 relief that contains $500 million for low-income water utility bill assistance. This new funding for low-income water assistance comes in addition to the initial $638 million provided in the December 2020 FY21 ConsolidatedRead More

Plan for an Unpredictable 2021: Three Certainties Utilities Can Count On

Plan for an Unpredictable 2021: Three Certainties Utilities Can Count On

February 15, 2021 at 10:36 am 0 comments

By Dan Pinney There’s an elephant in the room, one that staff probably feels the urge to bring up in every planning meeting: how can water utilities plan for the future when the present is also uncertain? It’s clear that COVID-19 will have a long-term impact on the industry asRead More

The Conundrum of Water Affordability: What’s at Stake?

The Conundrum of Water Affordability: What’s at Stake?

February 8, 2021 at 10:01 am 0 comments

By Ann Bui, Mike Orth & Bruce Allender The U.S. water industry has worked hard in recent years to remind people that potable water is not free. Procuring, treating, and distributing water is costly, and utilities need to cover their costs to make sure customers have safe drinking water, delivered at adequate pressureRead More

NACWA, AMWA launch new campaign to reaffirm commitment to federal investment in water

NACWA, AMWA launch new campaign to reaffirm commitment to federal investment in water

February 1, 2021 at 9:45 am 0 comments

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) today kicked off a new joint campaign that the two organizations are calling: Affordable Water, Resilient Communities. Local utilities and their customers face financial challenges after years of increasing local costs and declining federal cost-share. The newRead More

Biden outlines stimulus plan including water rate assistance

Biden outlines stimulus plan including water rate assistance

January 28, 2021 at 11:25 am 0 comments

A $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic stimulus plan outlined by President Joe Biden proposes billions of dollars to help low-income families pay water and other utility bills while also offering additional funds to supplement the budgets of state and local governments. Called the American Rescue Plan, the President-elect’s proposal includes an abundance of Democratic prioritiesRead More

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

NACWA: Clean water funding excluded from final WRDA package

NACWA: Clean water funding excluded from final WRDA package

December 7, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Friday evening, Congress released its long-awaited conferenced Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA). Over the past several cycles, this bill has become the vehicle of choice for authorizing essential funding for clean and drinking water infrastructure. While both the House and Senate Committee versions of WRDA 2020 included clean waterRead 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

Here’s what the water sector wants from Congress and President-elect Biden

Here’s what the water sector wants from Congress and President-elect Biden

November 23, 2020 at 10:44 am 0 comments

In a letter to President-elect Joe Biden last week, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) urged the incoming administration to prioritize COVID-19 relief for water utilities and investment for the overall water infrastructure sector. The letter, authored by association president Melissa Elliott, cites AWWA research that revenue shortfalls at U.S. drinkingRead More