USDA Rural Development celebrates Earth Day by Promoting water-quality projects in 32 states

April 24, 2013 | Infrastructure, Report

WASHINGTON (USDA) – As part of USDA's Earth Day celebration, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced April 22 support for projects that will improve water and wastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment across the country. The United States…

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Climate-Ready Water Utilities webinar series to begin on January 23

January 9, 2013 | Funding, Infrastructure

On January 23, EPA's Climate-Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative will begin a new series of webinars on its tools and resources to help drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change. These webinars…

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Webinar on changes to Consumer Confidence Reports

January 9, 2013 | Funding, Infrastructure, Sewer

EPA has completed its review of the Consumer Confidence Report Rule and has concluded that drinking water utilities can provide reports about drinking water quality to customers via email or on the internet instead of mailing a copy of the…

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Water efficiency deal wins approval in California

November 21, 2012 | Congress, Infrastructure, Jobs, Rural Development, USDA

New water rate structure meets state water goals by incentivizing efficiencySACRAMENTO (NRDC) –Thousands of California households could save on their monthly bills thanks to a new rate structure that California American Water Company will introduce in Sonoma, Ventura, Los Angeles…

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EPA releases Effective Utility Management and Lean Resource Guide for Water-Sector Utilities

November 15, 2012 | EPA, Handbook, Infrastructure, Sustainability, Webinar

EPA has developed a Resource Guide to Effective Utility Management and Lean based on input and examples from several utilities. The guide explains how utilities can use these two important and complementary approaches to reduce waste and improve overall efficiency…

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USDA works to help restore water and electric service to rural customers impacted by Hurricane Sandy

November 8, 2012 | Conservation, Funding, Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2012 (USDA) – As part of federal efforts to provide necessary support to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that power and water services have been restored to more than 130,000 rural…

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New Center for American Progress report: How to upgrade and maintain our nation’s wastewater and drinking-water infrastructure

October 24, 2012 | Economy, EPA, Infrastructure, Jobs, Water

Of all the elements of our public infrastructure, our water systems are the most essential for the daily lives of Americans. The average American family of four uses roughly 400 gallons of water a day for drinking, washing, cooking, cleaning,…

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Happy birthday, Clean Water Act!

October 18, 2012 | Drinking Water, Funding, Infrastructure, Wastewater

From the EPA website:Forty years ago, in the midst of a national concern about untreated sewage, industrial and toxic discharges, destruction of wetlands, and contaminated runoff, the principal law to protect the nation’s waters was passed. Originally enacted in 1948…

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Join FEMA’s National Disaster-Preparedness Coalition

October 11, 2012 | Agriculture, Infrastructure, Rural

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) invites you to  join its National Preparedness Coalition.The National Preparedness Coalition Online Community is where FEMA connects and collaborates on emergency preparedness. Use it to empower yourself to prepare and to coordinate preparedness activities…

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Video highlights a utility’s use of Clean Water State Revolving Fund to invest in water recycling and reuse

September 7, 2012 | Economy, Infrastructure, Jobs, Water

EPA has made available online a video highlighting the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, a regional wastewater service provider and distributor of wholesale and recycled water in California, which used the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Program to conserve water…

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