Author Archive | Thomas Sexton, P.E.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. You can protect water supplies through this important program. This day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. You can also visit the DEA’s official Take Back Day website to find year-round […]

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Voters Support Federal Spending on Water Infrastructure

From Waterworld.com WASHINGTON, DC, APRIL 8, 2019 — The Value of Water Campaign released the results from its fourth annual national poll. The poll found continual, significant bipartisan support for water infrastructure investments: 85 percent of American voters support increasing federal water infrastructure investment. The need for capital water infrastructure improvements continue to rise, but […]

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EPA Issues New Emergency Response Requirements for Community Water Systems

from the National Law Review Wednesday, April 3, 2019 (https://www.natlawreview.com/article/epa-issues-new-emergency-response-requirements-community-water-systems): On March 27, 2019, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Federal Register Notice for New Risk Assessments and Emergency Response Plans for Community Water Systems describing the requirements and deadlines for community (drinking) water systems to develop or update risk and resilience assessments (RRAs) […]

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Reclaimed Water Reuse Encouraged by Water Infrastructure Improvement Act

The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act – H.R. 7279, which became Public Law 115-436, provides Congressional support for use of the Integrated Planning process on a long-term basis. The act became law on Jan. 14, 2019. Integrated Planning relates to compliance with the national Clean Water Act: •EPA (or the State if the State has been […]

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EPA Seeks Public Input for Development of National Water Reuse Action Plan

from EPA.gov WASHINGTON – (April 18, 2019) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public input on the development of an action plan to accelerate the application of water reuse as a safe, reliable, and sustainable way to meet the country’s current and future water demands. “To meet the country’s most pressing water resources […]

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WaterSense Proposed for Elimination from Federal Budget

from AWE The president’s FY2020 budget proposes–once again–to eliminate WaterSense, and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) is requesting your help to support the continuance program. The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program is a voluntary partnership program designed to make it easy for Americans to save water by choosing water-efficient products and services. The AWE […]

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MassDEP issues draft PFAS amendments to MCP Groundwater Standards

In a notice to Public Water Suppliers on April 17, 2019, MassDEP proposed draft amendments to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan to include a new Class 1 groundwater standard for 6 Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). MassDEP proposes a combined limit for Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), Perfluoroocatanoic acid (PFOA), Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), Perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS), Perfluoroheptanoic acid […]

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MassDEP awards for Public Water Systems Posted

The MassDEP 2019 Award Recipients have been posted on this web page: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/2018-public-water-system-awards. Public Water System Awards Day will be held at Devens Common Center in Devens on May 7, 2019 The awards recognize the outstanding efforts made by our public water suppliers to deliver safe, excellent-quality drinking water to the public. Some of the […]

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Water Supply Protection Grant Program Opens

from MassDEP: Attached is a new 2019.04 DWSP Program Flyer describing the Mass. EEA DWSP Grant Program which awards funds to eligible public water suppliers to purchase land and conservation restrictions for water supply protection. More information is available here. Applications are due at 3 pm on November 16, 2019. Please contact Emmanuel Owusu at […]

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