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On December 16, the Biden Administration released a new plan for removing lead pipes across the U.S. via the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This plan — a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation on Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) — includes the goal to remove all lead service lines by the end of President Biden’s first term.

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is pleased to announce its 2021-2022 Board of Trustees, which will be led by new President Jamie Eichenberger.

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As part of its Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will be providing autosamplers at no cost to at least 225 small utilities, including those in rural and tribal regions.

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During WEFTEC 2021, Christopher Komline, Vice President of Komline-Sanderson, visited the WEFTEC Live Studio to discuss all things WEFTEC. Interviewed by WEFTEC Emcee Laura Schwartz, he shared the philosophy of his company’s 68 years of history exhibiting at WEFTEC, how exhibitors and visitors can get the most out of the experience, and what keeps them coming back each year.

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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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This year the WEFTEC Bookstore will host two authors to sign copies of their books. Visitors also can take advantage of expert demonstrations of Access Water, the Water Environment Federation’s technical content platform. On top of that, 16 new or updated water quality titles will be on display and available for purchase.

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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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For the first time ever, we will broadcast live from WEFTEC. This programming will give everyone, everywhere the chance to sample some of the best of WEFTEC.

We also know that not everyone who wants to join us will be able to. To help bridge that gap and provide a sense of the action happening live in Chicago, we have designed this free, open access portal.

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It’s 2051. What are you drinking? How did you get it? Where is it going after you are done?

Come think big with the futurists of water at the Waterside Chat.

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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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WEFTEC 2021 will host the ninth annual Operator Ingenuity Contest awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 20. The previous 8 years of this competition have led to 47 award-winning ideas. In 2021, five more entries will be added to the ranks of those who found simple, applicable solutions to make their job easier and safer.

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With WEFTEC less than a month away, we want to give you a simple guide to the protocols that we have put in place to ensure a healthy and safe WEFTEC for all. Find out below what to expect as you arrive at WEFTEC. 

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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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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.

Learn how the grants benefit utilities