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Water Week 2020 Brings Together Water Sector in Virtual Event to Advocate Priorities to Congress

Today marks the beginning of Water Week 2020, as thousands of representatives from across the water sector, including recycled water, wastewater, drinking water and stormwater utility leaders, advocate for their most pressing issues before Congress and federal agencies. Initially slated to be a week-long series...

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Senate Drafts of 2020 Water Infrastructure Bills Include Major Wins for Water Recycling

On April 21, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee released two pieces of water infrastructure legislation—the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2020 and the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020. Every two years, Congress passes a major water infrastructure bill known as...

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Federal Agencies Provide Guidance on Water and COVID-19

Federal agencies are providing guidance to water professionals and the public on water transmission and COVID-19. Use the chart below to find useful resources to help your organization navigate issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Agency Resources U.S. Centers for Disease Control Water transmission and COVID-19...

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Action Needed: Submit Your “Shovel-Ready” Water Recycling Projects for Stimulus Investment

As Congress prepares to return from recess on April 20, it is likely to continue its work on coronavirus relief legislation. So far, Congress has passed a number of bills that provide relief to households, businesses, and state and local governments; see last week’s newsletter for a...

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Water Organizations Seek Applications for Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program

The application period is open for the Utility of the Future Today recognition program, which seeks to honor water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. The Utility of the Future Today concept is...

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House Natural Resources Committee Passes the Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act of 2019

On March 11, the House Natural Resources Committee passed a number of water resources bills, including the Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act of 2019 (H.R. 1162), which was introduced last year by Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA). The WateReuse Association thanks Representative Napolitano for her...

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EPA’s National Water Reuse Action Plan Makes Reuse a National Priority

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), alongside federal partners, will release the National Water Reuse Action Plan: Collaborative Implementation, a collection of bold actions developed in collaboration with water sector organizations that will reshape the way communities around the nation manage our most precious...

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President’s FY 2021 Budget Request Slashes Water Reuse Funding

On February 10, 2020, the President released his FY 2021 budget request, in which he outlines the Administration’s funding priorities and specific funding requests for the year. Congressional appropriators will look at the budget request alongside requests from stakeholders and Members of Congress when developing...

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Final “Waters of the United States” Rule Retains Exemption for Water Recycling

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers released a pre-publication version of the Administration’s revised definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS). Under the Obama Administration, EPA and the Army Corps issued a major rulemaking to define WOTUS and clarify...

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