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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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Recent studies promise more reliable forecasting for desert monsoons and mountainside flood hazards.

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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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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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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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A panel of wastewater and public health experts has determined that occupational risk of COVID-19 infection for wastewater workers is low. The panel also found that standard wastewater treatment processes inactivate the virus and additional research should be conducted to further increase understanding of hazards and protections for personnel.

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Dr. Sanderson, MD, MPH of Howard University, will guide and assist WEF in providing reliable medical information to wastewater utility managers and workers, as well as conduct research and serve as a spokesperson on medical issues for the sector. The CMO position was created in a collaboration between WEF and global water technology company Xylem, which has provided foundational funding.

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An update and expansion on “The Water Professional’s Guide to COVID-19.”

In an effort to keep the water community informed of coronavirus developments, this update highlights the latest scientific findings, as well as topics not previously addressed. The goal is to contextualize these new results and state the implications and significance from a water and wastewater collection and treatment, public health and water resource recovery facility worker perspective.

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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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Envision is a guide for optimizing resiliency and sustainability in the design, construction and delivery of infrastructure. Envision sets the standard for sustainable infrastructure and is a growing paradigm. It provides continuity for stakeholder communications and encourages enhanced project performance by providing means to quantify sustainable practices with standardized, nationally recognized metrics, incorporate sustainability and resiliency philosophies into infrastructure projects, quantify soft benefits of sustainable and resilient infrastructure, strengthen interdepartmental and interagency cooperation and improve infrastructure integration . This fact sheet introduces Envision, illustrates its use through four wastewater utility case studies, and provides an overview of the Envision process.

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