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How prepared is your utility for a pandemic?

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the Environmental Protection Agency has developed a pandemic checklist for utilities to gauge preparedness. The checklist identifies recommendations for pandemic:

  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery

See the checklist here.

EPA notes that the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 via drinking water is low, but utilities might be impacted...

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Water utility owners and operators are among the best-prepared public institutions in coping with emergencies. But as the coronavirus outbreak intensifies, utilities are being challenged to ensure the continuity of their operations while also reassuring their customers about the safety and reliability of their water supply.

Because of the requirements under the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 , many Water Utilities have already started updating their emergency response plans. Freese...

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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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Note: This is the next part in a series about the AWIA of 2018. Read the previous posts: part one here , part two here , part three here and part four...

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On Jan. 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to define “Waters of the United States.” This final rule will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register .

The revised definition identifies four clear categories of waters that are federally regulated. These included territorial seas and traditional navigable waters; perennial and...

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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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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 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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