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The federal district court in Charleston, South Carolina, has given “preliminary approval” to a proposed Class Action Settlement regarding wipe products between Plaintiff Charleston Water System and Defendant Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

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At the July 2021 meeting of the American Association of Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO; Arlington, Virginia), the organization recognized a new method to measure water-extractable phosphorus (WEP) for fertilizer products. The results from this method highlight the slower release of phosphate-phosphorus from biosolids-based (and other carbon-based) products. AAPFCO also determined that making labeling claims of slowly available phosphate for carbon-based products was allowable.

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A preliminary class action lawsuit settlement between the Charleston Water System (Charleston, South Carolina) and wipes manufacturer Kimberly-Clark could affect any entity that owned and/or operated wastewater conveyance and treatment systems since January 6, 2018. Class members need to be aware of this settlement and how it may affect them.

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On June 2, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) made available $166.6 million USD in grants to help low-income ratepayers effected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their drinking water and wastewater utility bills.

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Get the guidance you'll need to prepare for complex upgrades for facilities of all sizes, including how to evaluate engineering proposals, detailed construction and startup requirements and critical information for both water and wastewater facilities. Order your copy of Planning, Design, and Implementation for New and Upgraded Water Resource Recovery Facilities, 2nd edition (MOP 28) today!

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This article, originally from Water Environment & Technology, covers the three core tasks to perform effective wastewater-based epidemiology, also known as wastewater surveillance.

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Although some states have set early 2021 expirations for their shutoff moratoriums, questions remain and pressure builds about how bills will be paid during a pandemic in which clean water has taken center stage as a public-health necessity. 

Shutoff Moratoria Affects Utilities, Consumers

Looking for the best ways to build resilient systems and prepare for worst-case scenarios? The new edition of Disaster and Emergency Planning for Preparedness, Response, and Recovery: Promoting Resilient Infrastructure and Community helps utility managers, operators, consulting engineers, emergency response planners and public officials with plans for a range of emergencies, responses when disaster strikes and recovery options.

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Based on input from leading stormwater professionals, this report details the results of the WEF Stormwater Institute's national assessment surveys of municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permittees in 2018 and in 2020.

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