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The coronavirus pandemic is teaching everyone the value of water unlike any experience we’ve ever had. With hand washing with soap and water serving as one of the consistent pillars of public health during this crisis, people are reliant on water for their wellbeing now more than ever.

The latest Value of Water Campaign bipartisan poll funded by the US Water Alliance finds that 84 percent of Americans polled want...

Read More - Coronavirus Exposes Long-Standing Infrastructure Funding Vulnerabilities

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On April 15, Federal Judge Brian Morris of the Montana District Court issued a summary judgement challenging the decision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to reissue Nationwide Permit (NWP) 12 in 2017.

The action was brought forth by the Northern Plains Resource Council (Plaintiffs) against the Corps for its decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline. TC Energy, the project proponent, and the State of Montana and American...

Read More - Court Order Impacts Section 404 Permitting for Utility Lines

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Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, an innovative tool that enables property owners to make investments in water and energy efficiency, has been gaining momentum across the country. Through the PACE program, financing is secured by a special property tax assessment, all without incurring upfront costs. PACE has acted as an economic development tool to improve buildings, creating jobs, reducing energy consumption and grid demand, and enhancing water conservation.

2,000 PACE projects...

Read More - PACE Program: How To Get Started

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As the landscape continues to change quickly for water and wastewater utilities and other public works agencies, it’s essential for them to maintain operations as close to normal as possible to protect public health and services. That’s the expectation of the public as well as regulators.

But during this nationwide emergency, utility owners and operators also are being called on to keep up with many other aspects of their businesses that don’t normally...

Read More - AWWA Offers Guidance for Legal Issues, Communications During COVID-19 Crisis

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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...

Read More - EPA Releases Pandemic Checklist for Water Utilities

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Water Professionals on the front lines in our water utilities may not be able to work from home, especially for those in maintenance and plant operations. Each member has technically specialized knowledge unique to their community systems.

What happens if an unplanned absence lasts several weeks or if multiple team members are out simultaneously? Temporarily losing a team member’s knowledge can pose serious challenges.

Here are some tips for minimizing the risk and...

Read More - How Water Utilities Can Mitigate COVID-19 Challenges

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Wastewater treatment plant owners and operators across the U.S. are spreading the word to their customers who are at home during the coronavirus outbreak: Don’t flush anything except toilet paper.

Sanitizing wipes, paper towels and even “flushable” baby wipes can and are clogging pipes and sewer systems. The Environmental Protection Agency , along with multiple cities and wastewater utilities are warning residents about the dangers with a Twitter hashtag #WipesClogPipes.

“Being...

Read More - Wastewater Operators Plea: Only Flush Toilet Paper

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At Freese and Nichols, our various planning groups regularly use U.S. Census Bureau data to forecast clients’ needs for water, transportation, utilities, land use and development. The 2020 Census count takes place this spring, and we encourage you to take the time to complete it and encourage anyone within your influence to do the same (your data is confidential).

Why...

Read More - Why the U.S. Census Matters for Our Work and Our Clients

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Tagsurban planning, United States Census, Infrastructure, Water, Transportation, utilities, land use, land development,

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