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With record rainfalls increasing pressure on water resource recovery facilities, the debate on peak flow blending in separate sanitary sewer systems lingers.

What is blending and what is it not?

Blending is not bypass. Bypass is the unpermitted, intentional diversion of waste streams from any portion of treatment facility and direct discharge of those streams to the environment. Bypass is prohibited unless unavoidable to prevent loss of life, personal injury, severe property damage...

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Note: This is the fifth part in a series about the AWIA of 2018. Read the first parts: part one here , part two here , part three here and part four...

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Note: This is the fourth part in a series about the AWIA of 2018. Read the first here , second here and third here.

On Aug. 1, the U.S. EPA released additional information related to the American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018...

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Note: This is the third part in a series about the AWIA of 2018. Read the first and second parts here and here .

The clock is ticking for U.S. water systems to comply with the American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 requirements for Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Planning.

Compliance deadlines begin in March 2020 for water utilities to...

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Note: This is a second part in a series about the AWIA of 2018. Read the first part here .

With Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Harvey focusing increased attention on vulnerabilities and preparedness, the American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 significantly broadens the scope of the 2002 Bioterrorism Act.

What are the basic requirements?

Sec. 2013 Community Water System Risk and Resilience: Replaces SDWA...

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Due to the government shutdown, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) had to re-schedule a webinar and public hearings for the proposed new definition of "Waters of the United States."

A 60-day comment period will begin once the new proposed rule is released in the Federal Register, which is expected to be as early as Feb. 11. For more information...

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Water systems across the U.S. have compliance deadlines beginning in March 2020 to assess infrastructure risks from natural and man-made hazards and to develop plans for emergency response and improved resiliency against those risks.

The American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 contains new requirements for risk and resiliency planning and documentation at water systems. Section 2013 of the AWIA contains provisions and deadlines for water systems to assess and...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have proposed a new definition of "Waters of the United States."

This new definition will clarify what is considered a federally protected waterway and a state protected waterway as part of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The press release regarding the proposed definition can be viewed here .

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