National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is the leading advocate for responsible national policies that advance clean water and a healthy environment.
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NACWA represents the collective interests of America’s clean water utilities – dedicated public servants and true environmental champions. For over 40 years, NACWA has been the clean water community’s voice in Congress, at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in the media and in the courts.

NACWA Blog: This week, a few NACWA staff, including our Deputy General Counsel Erica Spitzig, had the opportunity to att...
04/01/2016
U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Clean Water Case | NACWA Blog

NACWA Blog: This week, a few NACWA staff, including our Deputy General Counsel Erica Spitzig, had the opportunity to attend the Supreme Court session for oral arguments in Hawkes v. US Army Corps of Engineers. The case addresses the question of whether jurisdictional determinations by the Army Corps of Engineers are subject to judicial review. Don't miss this lively summary. http://ow.ly/10b9Dz

Today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hawkes v. US Army Corps of Engineers, a case involving a jurisdictional...

Happy #WorldWaterDay! Here's to the men and women who keep the water flowing 24/7/365. http://ow.ly/ZNCQD
03/22/2016
World Water Day | Water.org

Happy #WorldWaterDay! Here's to the men and women who keep the water flowing 24/7/365. http://ow.ly/ZNCQD

World Water Day occurs on the 22nd day in March every year to bring awareness to the global water crisis.

03/10/2016

NACWA Blog: With the water crisis in Flint receiving substantial media attention across the nation, issues that are normally out of sight and out of mind for most people are coming to the surface. If it wasn’t clear before, the poll findings indicate that we are at a pivotal moment for influencing national opinions on water. How can industry leaders use these findings to guide our collective efforts to move the nation to value water and invest in it? http://ow.ly/ZjzNQ

NACWA Blog: This week, SCOTUS announced that it will not review the lower court’s decision in American Farm Bureau v. EP...
03/03/2016
Supreme Court Rejection of Farm Bureau Appeal = Significant Clean Water...

NACWA Blog: This week, SCOTUS announced that it will not review the lower court’s decision in American Farm Bureau v. EPA. This decision marks a significant win for NACWA, its members, and its municipal partners by supporting EPA’s ability to pursue a watershed approach under the Clean Water Act (CWA) – including a meaningful allocation ascribed to nonpoint agricultural sources – in crafting TMDLs to achieve improved water quality. http://ow.ly/Z21Hk

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will not review the lower court’s decision in American Farm Bureau v. EPA. The Court’s...

02/29/2016
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

Congratulations on your honor! We were glad to shed some light on your efforts.

Last week in San Diego the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognized the Water Authority’s “Elephant” anti-FOG campaign with its 2016 National Environmental Achievement Award.

The campaign, which encourages customers to throw grease in the trash rather than down the drain, features television, radio, print and outdoor advertising elements.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJojsyJfnK4

02/29/2016
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

Congratulations on your honor! We were glad to shed some light on your efforts.

Last week in San Diego the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognized the Water Authority’s “Elephant” anti-FOG campaign with its 2016 National Environmental Achievement Award.

The campaign, which encourages customers to throw grease in the trash rather than down the drain, features television, radio, print and outdoor advertising elements.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJojsyJfnK4

02/26/2016
The Sydney Morning Herald

Another way of illustrating what happens when #wipes are not labeled correctly and disposed of incorrectly. #whatnot2flush. Want to know what NACWA is doing about it? Visit www.nacwa.org/toilets

Wet wipes advertised as flushable are clogging up sewer pipes. This test shows how quickly - or not - the wipes break down compared to toilet paper.

02/17/2016
Camden Collaborative Initiative Strives for Sustainability

Great video featuring our friends at Camden Municipal Utilities Authority and the Camden Collaborative Initiative working to improve the environment and their community. http://ow.ly/Yourx

NOTE: If you need captions, please click the CC button on the player to turn them on. To help Camden become a more sustainable city, EPA...

NACWA Blog: Guest blogger and information officer for Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Serv...
02/11/2016
Winning High School Science Fair Project Creates Interest in...

NACWA Blog: Guest blogger and information officer for Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Matthew Kaiser discusses how a partnership with a few high school students was a winning combination! http://ow.ly/YdwKP

We all create wastewater. Every time we brush our teeth, wash dishes, do laundry, bathe, and flush the toilet, used water flows from our homes...

We were "Bowl"ed over yesterday by this CBS Sunday Morning piece on the Toilet Museum in Japan - but was sad to see that...
02/08/2016
Bowled over by high-tech toilets

We were "Bowl"ed over yesterday by this CBS Sunday Morning piece on the Toilet Museum in Japan - but was sad to see that #WhatNot2Flush was not discussed. http://ow.ly/Y5bJI

Japan is known for robots, sushi and cherry blossoms. But there's a new attraction: a futuristic museum devoted to high-tech toilets. Seth Doane...

NACWA Blog: The bottom line is clear – it is imperative for all of us at the local, state and national levels to do all ...
01/28/2016
Flint Crisis Spurs National Dialogue, Water Sector Responds | NACWA Blog

NACWA Blog: The bottom line is clear – it is imperative for all of us at the local, state and national levels to do all we can to regain the confidence of the residents of Flint but also to minimize the likelihood that a disaster like this occurs again. http://ow.ly/XDl0C

The unfolding drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues to receive significant national media attention, and serves as an important...

"Some researchers question whether chemical treatment and routine testing for lead in the water are enough, arguing that...
01/25/2016
NATION: Lead pipes lurk in neighborhoods across nation

"Some researchers question whether chemical treatment and routine testing for lead in the water are enough, arguing that the only way to remove the threat is to replace the pipes." http://ow.ly/XuJvZ

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NACWA Blog: Winter Conference Keynote speaker, author and President of The Freshwater Trust, Joe Whitworth discusses who...
01/22/2016
Big Data Environmentalism | NACWA Blog

NACWA Blog: Winter Conference Keynote speaker, author and President of The Freshwater Trust, Joe Whitworth discusses who big data can improve our environment and conservation. http://ow.ly/XpBVa

Today, humans create 2.5 quintillion new bytes of data every single day. If each byte were a penny, that’s enough pennies to completely cover the...

01/14/2016
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The maintenance of water systems and wastewater systems is not just an urban problem, or a problem for places with low-income residents. It’s a problem all over the nation that needs to be addressed. http://ow.ly/X38yz

A new $143-million facility that turns poop into fertilizer is expected to be running by April, a technological advance ...
01/11/2016
New water authority readies sludge drying facility

A new $143-million facility that turns poop into fertilizer is expected to be running by April, a technological advance that could eventually eliminate the need to incinerate sludge in Detroit. http://ow.ly/WU4BM

Sludge drying plant is a top priority of new Great Lakes Water Authority.

Interesting: "I thought we'd see a drop in the intestinal parasites that are spread by feces and poor sanitation [in the...
01/08/2016
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Us Your Toilets (Without Parasites)

Interesting: "I thought we'd see a drop in the intestinal parasites that are spread by feces and poor sanitation [in the Roman era] compared with the Iron Age, when there weren't any toilets. But, in fact, I didn't see a drop at" allhttp://ow.ly/WNoUh

When the Romans expanded their empire across three continents, they probably seemed like the neat-freakiest people to attempt global domination....

NACWA Blog: We strongly supported the legislation banning microbeads as part of our Toilets Are Not Trashcans campaign, ...
01/07/2016
No More Microbeads | NACWA Blog

NACWA Blog: We strongly supported the legislation banning microbeads as part of our Toilets Are Not Trashcans campaign, which focuses on keeping inappropriate products and unnecessary product additives out of sewer systems to protect water quality and the pipes, pumps, plants, and personnel of the nation’s wastewater utilities. http://ow.ly/WKJnJ

On December 28, President Obama signed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, marking a major victory for clean water and NACWA. The law bans the...

According to the last U.S. government estimate, in 2004, 181 million Americans carried 1.46 billion mercury restorations...
01/06/2016
Dental group defends mercury fillings amid mounting evidence of risks

According to the last U.S. government estimate, in 2004, 181 million Americans carried 1.46 billion mercury restorations in their teeth. So, not a cut and dry issue of #WhatNot2Flush - but definitely an ongoing discussion.

For decades, the American Dental Association has resolutely defended the safety of mercury fillings in the teeth of more than 100 million...

Pleased to hear that microbeads have been banned - what a great holiday gift to our waters and the envirionment!
01/04/2016
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Pleased to hear that microbeads have been banned - what a great holiday gift to our waters and the envirionment!

NEWS: Could Lake Erie benefit more from the microbead ban than any other Great Lake?

NACWA Blog: We very grateful to all of our members and collaborators that sent letters, made phone calls, and engaged in...
12/17/2015
Key Clean Water Victories & Defeat of Great Lakes CSO Language | NACWA Blog

NACWA Blog: We very grateful to all of our members and collaborators that sent letters, made phone calls, and engaged in other advocacy actions over recent months in help influence this legislative process, especially related to the Great Lakes sewer overflow issue. http://ow.ly/W1GRV

Overnight, Congressional negotiators reached final agreement on an omnibus FY 2016 federal spending package, and have encouraged its swift passage...

NACWA Blog: Regardless of the outcome of the COP 21 meeting, the road forward for clean water utilities to address clima...
12/10/2015
What Could COP-21 Mean for Wastewater Utilities? | NACWA Blog

NACWA Blog: Regardless of the outcome of the COP 21 meeting, the road forward for clean water utilities to address climate change issues will be a challenging one. http://ow.ly/VIr0W

The world is waiting to see what new global agreement on climate change materializes as the United Nations’ COP 21 – the 21st session of the...

Treating wastewater so that it can be reused for drinking, irrigation and manufacturing is costly but what if valuable c...
12/04/2015
Chemistry: Reuse water pollutants

Treating wastewater so that it can be reused for drinking, irrigation and manufacturing is costly but what if valuable chemicals recouped during the process?
http://ow.ly/VuGhC

Extracting carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater could generate resources and save energy, say Wen-Wei Li, Han-Qing Yu and Bruce E....

NACWA Blog: Guest blogger, Tricia Garrison, Communications & Education Coordinator for NEW Water, in Wisconsin, reminds ...
11/19/2015
Happy “World Toilet Day”! Yes, Really | NACWA Blog

NACWA Blog: Guest blogger, Tricia Garrison, Communications & Education Coordinator for NEW Water, in Wisconsin, reminds us why #WorldToiletDay is so important. http://ow.ly/UQ4Sp

Conveying the value of water is pretty tough, when you’re competing against the Kardashians and the NFL for people’s attention.

With the holiday season quickly upon us - don't forget #WhatNot2Flush . . . .
11/17/2015

With the holiday season quickly upon us - don't forget #WhatNot2Flush . . . .

With holiday cooking and party season approaching, don’t forget to dispose of kitchen grease properly: in the trash, not the sink. Cool It – Can It – Chuck It! #CoolItCanItChuckIt

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