WWEMA Elects 2021 Board Members and Announces Morris Award Winner

WWEMA Elects 2021 Board Members and Executive Leadership The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) announced its newly elected officers and directors during its Virtual 112th Annual Meeting on November 6, 2020. The 2021 WWEMA Executive Committee comprises: Chairman John Collins, Chief Executive Officer, JCM Industries, Inc. (Nash, TX) Chairman-Elect Vince Baldasare, Sales Manager, Gorman-Rupp [...]

President Trump Issues Executive Order Elevating Water Issues

On October 13, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order (E.O.) titled Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Water Infrastructure. The Order, #13956, bolsters the importance of Federal water infrastructure policy and prioritizes access to essential water supplies for all Americans. Specifically, it seeks to: Improve coordination among agencies on water resource management and water infrastructure [...]

Scaled-Back WRDA Bill Without Much Water Relief Advances

On December 4, 2020,a joint House-Senate Conference Committee approved a scaled-back water infrastructure bill—S.1811 or the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020. Relevant Congressional Committees in both chambers, the Senate Environment and Public Works and the House Transportation and Infrastructure, have been working diligently behind the scenes on a compromise bill. Both chambers must vote [...]

Stimulus Package Advances

On December 1, 2020, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Congressional Representatives announced a $908 billion relief package. Washington is facing pressure for economic relief as funding for programs under the CARES Act and other financial relief legislation and programs runs out. The current developing version of the bill would provide $160 billion for states [...]

Senate Introduces R&D Tax Credit Bill

On October 20, 2020, the U.S. Senate introduced the American Innovation and Jobs Act (AIJA)—a bipartisan bill that would repeal the upcoming modification to the timing of when a business can claim their R&D tax credit. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sponsored the bill and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) was a co-sponsor. The bill would continue to [...]

EPA Releases 2019 Annual State Revolving Fund Report

On October 28, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their 2019 annual reports for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Programs. These programs provide funding to establish a Federal-state partnership that provides communities with low-cost financing for a wide range of drinking water and clean water [...]

Wisconsin Recommends PFAS and Other Groundwater Standards

On November 6, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) provided recommendations for setting groundwater quality standards for 22 substances that pose a health risk. Sixteen of the 22 substances are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals and six are pesticides. These substances were selected from a list of 40 substances that were under review [...]