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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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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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The second installment of the Water Environment Federation's Coronavirus Roundtable Discussions has been published. These discussions with executive leaders from across the water sector examine how this pandemic is affecting operations, business, and people.

The guests for this discussion are Kishia Powell, Commissioner of the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management; Paul Vogel, Principal and President of Greeley and Hansen; and Neil McAdam, Senior Vice President at World Water Works.

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The Water Environment Federation has published the first of a series of vidoe roundtable discussions with executive leaders from across the water sector. These discussions will discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting operations, business, and people.

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New York City (NYC) is implementing the largest green stormwater infrastructure program in the nation. Initiated in 2011, the NYC Green Infrastructure Program (the Program) was created to implement green infrastructure, or stormwater source controls, to manage stormwater runoff and to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSO) in NYC waterways. New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the lead agency for the Program. Through the Program, DEP and its partner agencies have built over 4,000 green infrastructure assets in the last seven years and continue to scale up green infrastructure implementation on public and private property citywide [see Figure 1]. This proposed paper/presentation provides a detailed description of and explanation for the Program's goals, current project implementation, and adaptive management strategies.

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This 4th edition of Financing and Charges for Wastewater Systems provides an overview of current industry practices that should be considered for financing and establishing rates and charges for wastewater collection and treatment systems. In addition, this Manual of Practice reflects and is responsive to changes in the industry over the last decade that have occasioned a heightened awareness about wastewater utility financial management and the equitable distribution of cost responsibilities across customer groups or classes. These changes, including tightening environmental regulation and replacement of aging infrastructure, have resulted in a pronounced increase in the cost of wastewater services. At the same time, the portion of costs paid through federal and state assistance programs have declined, challenging the affordability of this vital service. In this context, guidance on wastewater rate-setting practices, and particularly the distribution of costs across user groups, is of critical importance.

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A must-read for agencies and public works departments interested in developing charge systems for stormwater programs based on fee structures. User-Fee-Funded Stormwater Programs will specify the drivers for stormwater user-fee formation and explore the responsibilities, costs, and entire implementation process.

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