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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued new, more rigorous drinking water health advisories for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Two of these levels are drastically more stringent than previous levels and likely mean hundreds, if not thousands, of drinking water systems nationwide will be affected. The agency also announced up to $5 billion in grant funding to help communities prepare and deal with these contaminants. Here is what water sector utilities need to know.

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While some of the details and full descriptions are still being worked out, you can get a first look at what's in store for WEFTEC 2022 in New Orleans.

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Janine Burke-Wells and Ryan Batjiaka survey the effects of PFAS on the future of biosolids management in the Water Environment & Technology feature.

The biosolids management community must remain updated and active on what is happening with PFAS regulations, research, and technologies related to the future of biosolids management.

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Now is the time to submit your ideas to share your knowledge and perspectives in the WEFTEC Innovation Pavilion, the Global Center, and the SDG Theater in the Drinking Water Pavilion.

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The Global Center offers a space for learning about global water issues offering two days of programming including presentations and panel discussions of global interest with topics ranging from energy efficiency to global water stewardship.

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Each year WEFTEC attracts the leading experts from throughout the water sector on every topic imaginable. And that includes you. Others want to hear your insights and understand things from your perspective.

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Be sure to visit the new Drinking Water Pavilion and SDG 6 Theater! This new spot in the exhibition will feature insights into all aspects of the one-water universe from drinking water to community capacity, water resources management, and circular economy.

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On Sunday, August 8, by a vote of 68 to 29, the U.S. Senate cleared a final procedural hurdle to pass the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), which will provide nearly $1.2 trillion in funding for the nation’s infrastructure. Approximately, $550 billion of the total is new funding to be spent over the next five years. Sunday’s vote sets in motion the final vote to pass the bill late Monday night or Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, August 10, the U.S. Senate voted 69 to 30 to pass this bill.

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Following the April 2021 virtual sessions with U.S. federal legislators and regulators, the water sector is already seeing some results.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) hosted Water Week 2021 virtually during the last week of April. The virtual events between water sector leaders and U.S. federal legislators and regulators focused on changing water policy to help improve the water sector in the U.S. Chief among the concerns was repairing the nation’s often overlooked water infrastructure. Speakers included members of the U.S. Congress, the architects of the National Water Reuse Action Plan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leaders, including EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan, and many others working to shape the future of water policy.

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We are excited to announce that WEFTEC will be held in person this October 16 to 20 in Chicago.

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On Wednesday, March 24, the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee passed a bi-partisan package of wastewater, stormwater, drinking water, and water reuse infrastructure funding program.

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Alexandria, VA – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is now an official partner of UN-Water, which coordinates the...

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Look inside this preview publication to learn more about the WEFTEC Connect educational programming, Exhibitor Showcase, and networking opportunities that are being developed for this October.

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The WEF Stormwater Institute (SWI) is updating its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) survey. Consisting of 26 questions, the 2020 MS4 Needs Assessment Survey will take the pulse of the U.S. stormwater sector in search of up-to-date information on permittee characteristics, obstacles, and opportunities.

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Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), visited the WEFTEC Now Studio to talk about how DOE and EERE intersect with the water sector and the Department of Energy's Water Desalination Hub funding selection.

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