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The public has until Feb. 12 to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency ’s proposed new Lead and Copper Rule.

The goal of the proposed new rule is to reduce lead and copper in drinking water, including steps to target most at-risk communities. The public can leave their comments here .

Click here for more information from the EPA about the proposed rule, which focuses on six areas:...

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Drought conditions changed marginally across the United States this week. The Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) remained at 39, as the percent coverage of D0-D3 conditions each changed by less than one percent. Over this past week, light to moderate precipitation fell from east Texas up through New England, while heavier precipitation, occurred from southwest Louisiana to the southern Appalachian Mountains. Heavy precipitation in the form of snowfall occurred in mountainous...

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With increased likelihood of cybersecurity attacks from overseas, now underscores the importance for utilities to conduct risk and resilience assessments , including cybersecurity, for American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 compliance.

Last week, an American airstrike killed Major General Qassem Soleimani, who led the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Iran has issued cyberattacks on American infrastructure before, including a New York dam in...

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Overall, oceanic and atmospheric conditions reflected ENSO (El Niño/Southern Oscillation)-neutral, despite recent anomalous warming across the east-central equatorial Pacific. The December 2019 Climate Prediction Center update indicated that the overall oceanic and atmospheric system was consistent with ENSO-neutral. ENSO-neutral is favored during the winter of 2019-20 (70% chance) and expected to continue through the spring of 2020 (~65% chance) in the Northern Hemisphere. To read more, click here .

According to the...

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Entities have until March 3 to submit their Project Information Form to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to be considered for water, wastewater, and stormwater project funding in the SFY2021 State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plans.

The State Revolving Funds (SRF) in Texas have a two-step process to apply for project funding: Step 1 is to submit a Project Information Form (PIF) through the online application or by completing and...

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Note: This is the next part in a series about the AWIA of 2018 and how it affects you. Read how to start a Risk and Resilience Assessment here .

The clock is continuing to wind down for U.S. water systems to comply with the American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 .

Following conducting a Risk and Resiliency Assessment, which we covered in more detail in a...

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As each hurricane season comes and goes, so too does a heightened risk for flooding in our homes and businesses. While there are a multitude of resources available to homeowners and business owners to evaluate their flood risk, these resources can be difficult to navigate if you don’t know where to look. Although floods are a natural part of our lives, there are several tools available so that we can minimize their effects on our...

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The application period is open until Feb. 3, 2020 , for the Texas Water Development Board’s 2020 funding cycle of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program.

The SWIFT program helps communities develop and optimize water supplies at cost-effective rates. The program provides low-interest financing, extended repayment terms, deferral of repayments, and incremental repurchase terms for projects with state ownership aspects. It also includes...

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