WWEMA News2017-12-06T18:12:01-05:00


WWEMA and Member Companies Participate in WEFTEC 2019

Approximately thirty-five WWEMA member companies participated in the 92nd Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (or WEFTEC). This year, WEFTEC was held at McCormick Place in Chicago from September 21-25, 2019. WEFTEC is the world’s largest annual water quality conference and offers diverse educational, networking, and business opportunities. This year, the conference had over 22,000 [...]

President Signs Law Allowing CWSRF Fund Transfer to DWSRF to Address Lead Issues

On October 4, 2019, President Trump signed the Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act (WIFTA). Under WIFTA, Congress will allow the transfer of funds from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) to address lead contamination in drinking water. Excessive amounts of lead have been found in water systems throughout [...]

U.S. and Japan Reach Partial Trade Deal

On September 25, 2019, President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the United States and Japan have agreed to a partial trade deal. This deal will reduce or eliminate Japanese tariffs on U.S. agricultural products as well as U.S. tariffs on some Japanese industrial goods. The agreement establishes rules similar to those in [...]

U.S. Court Extends EPA’s Deadline for Promulgating Perchlorate Rule

On October 1, 2019, the U.S. District Court/Southern District of New York extended the deadline by which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has to promulgate a final rule regulating the allowable level of perchlorate in drinking water. The final rule was expected sometime on or before December 19, 2019. The comment period on the draft [...]

EPA Announces Workforce Initiative for Water Industry

At the 92nd Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (or WEFTEC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced a new initiative to help cities across the nation address critical staffing shortages of operations and maintenance personnel in the drinking and waste water industry. The program is titled the Water Workforce Initiative. In a related press [...]

EPA and States Begin 2020 Drinking Water Needs Survey

During the week of June 17, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a meeting in San Francisco, California with state coordinators and kicked off the 2020 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment (DWINSA). This will be the seventh such survey of public water system infrastructure and treatment needs and is used to estimate [...]

EPA Publishes Proposed Perchlorate Drinking Water Regulation

On June 26, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator published a proposed rulemaking for the regulation of perchlorate in drinking water to establish a perchlorate Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) and Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) at 0.056 mg/L. The proposal also includes a list of treatment technologies that would enable water systems to comply [...]