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On June 29, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2023 (FY23) Interior & Environment Appropriations Bill. This bill funds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many of the programs that provide federal funding and financing for water infrastructure investments.

See What's Included in the Budget Bill

Watch as Palencia Mobley, Deputy Director and Chief Engineer of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), and Carol Hufnagel, National Wet Weather Practice Leader for Tetra Tech, share their presentation from WEFTEC 2021 in Chicago.

They describe a project from the Detroit area that used green stormwater infrastructure both to reduce the amount of flow going to the combined sewer system and to help reduce surcharging that was resulting in basement backups.

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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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Water Environment Federation (WEF) experts have reacted swiftly to concerns about monkeypox and compiled critical information for water sector workers and leaders. Get this fact sheet now.

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Todd Williams from Jacobs Engineering at provided this presentation on PFAS in biosolids via WEFTEC Online in 2021.

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On March 9, negotiators in the U.S. Congress agreed to a final fiscal year 22 (FY22) Omnibus Appropriations package that will fund the federal government through the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2022.

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On March 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new memo outlining its strategy to equitably deliver clean water through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The memo underscores provisions to ensure that disadvantaged communities fully benefit from these historic investments in the water sector.

Learn More About EPA's Memo

Dr. Edwin Oh is an Associate Professor in the UNLV School of Medicine and the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine. This presentation from WEFTEC 2021 explores how the decline in diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 is expected to delay the tracking of COVID-19 variants of concern and interest in the U.S. and how wastewater surveillance programs can provide an effective alternative.

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By Unanimous Consent on March 2, 2022, the U.S. Senate passed the Strengthening American Cybersecurity Act of 2022.

This bill will strengthen the federal government’s networks again cyberattacksand require critical infrastructure owners and operators, such as water utilities, to report cyber incidents.

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Doug Baldessari of Baker Tilly discusses the affordability issue facing water utilities and options and impacts involving recent federal funding.

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This presentation from WEFTEC 2021 discusses best practices of intelligent algorithms to optimize and prioritize capital investments and asset rehabilitation. The presentation is given by David Garcia of WCS Engineering, Stephen King of Hazen and Sawyer, and Daniel White of Jefferson County, Alabama.

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Ting Lu of Clean Water Services discusses trends in utility management, in particular leveraging of data analytics to provide business and operational intelligence.

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On January 31, 2022, the White House released a comprehensive guidebook on the funding programs in the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the bipartisan infrastructure package.

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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