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AWWA hails signing of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018
October 23, 2018
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The American Water Works Association today applauded the signing of “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018,” lauding it as an important step forward in the nation’s efforts to renew its aging water infrastructure.
The legislation authorizes the
Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act
(WIFIA) for two more years and removes its pilot designation, a key milestone for the federal loan program.
“The reauthorization of WIFIA at $50 million -- and the fact that it is no longer a ‘pilot’ -- is a significant milestone for the program and a great victory for the entire water sector,” said AWWA CEO David LaFrance. “AWWA’s members can be proud of their work to elevate the issue of water infrastructure renewal, craft a workable solution, and then refine and fund it.”
The legislation, also known as S. 3021, reauthorizes the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for the first time since 2003. The three-year authorization more than doubles the loan program’s authorized spending to $1.95 billion by the third year.
Buried No Longer report
found that an additional $1 billion would be required over a 25-year period to repair and expand the U.S. water infrastructure. WIFIA provides low interest federal loans for large water infrastructure projects.
America’s Water Infrastructure Act is a combination of regular, two-year water resources development legislation and a Safe Drinking Water Act bill that the House produced. AWWA provided substantial input, including advocating for stronger requirements for notifying downstream water utilities of chemical spills and updating security and resiliency provisions to reflect an all-hazards approach. The legislation establishes a Drinking Water System Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability Program to award grants to increase resilience to natural hazards.
“We think the legislation strikes an important balance in applying an all-hazards approach to evaluating risk and resilience in the water sector,” said AWWA Federal Relations Manager Kevin Morley, who oversees the Association’s security and emergency preparedness work. “We believe that many of the resources AWWA has developed will aid utilities in meeting these new requirements.”
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 51,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.
Service to the Water Industry Award
2018 Recipients List of 2018 recipients (PDF) Award Criteria Purpose of the Award: To recognize those organization members who have provided valuable support for AWWA programs and goals through their long-standing Association membership. The Award: A suitable metal plate mounted on a wooden plaque signifying membership in one of three categories--50 years, 75 years, or 100 years. Frequency of the Award: As deserved. Eligibility for the Award: Any AWWA organization member in good standing who has maintained such membership for the requisite total of 50, 75, or 100 years. Entry Requirements: None. Nomination Procedure: AWWA Headquarters will identify eligible awardees by October 1, prior to the year in which the awards are to be presented and notify the secretary of the section in which the headquarters of the organization member is located. AWWA sections may also forward the names of other organization members not identified by AWWA Headquarters if the section believes the nominee is eligible for this award. These names should be sent to AWWA Headquarters prior to November 15th, and will be verified by AWWA Headquarters for eligibility for the award. Nomination or Submission ...
American/Canadian/Mexican Water Landmarks Award
Award Criteria DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM (PDF) Purpose of the Award: To recognize and preserve an American, Canadian, or Mexican Water Landmark at least 50 years old that has had a direct and significant relationship with water supply, treatment, distribution, or technological development. The Award: A sturdy bronze plaque to be appropriately mounted on the water landmark, and a certificate of designation. The certificate and plaque title shall be specific to the country of recognition. Frequency: As deserved. Eligibility for Award: An American, Canadian, or Mexican Water Landmark must be a tangible, physical property that has or has had a direct and significant relationship with water's supply, treatment, distribution, or technological development. It should be of a permanent and nonexpendable nature, such as a building, dam, reservoir, tower, etc., and not machinery or a natural water resource. A water landmark must be at least 50 years old and be recognized within its own community or region as a popular, valued, or historically significant property. (Evidence of this recognition must be provided.) It must be ...
Record number of delegates at AWWA Water Matters! Fly-In urge source water protection, infrastructure investment
(WASHINGTON, DC) – A record 160 water utility leaders from 48 states converged on Capitol Hill Wednesday to advocate for water infrastructure investment and source water protection during the American Water Works Association’s Water Matters! Fly-In. In more than 400 meetings over the next two days, AWWA delegates will express support for measures in the U.S. Farm Bill that emphasize collaboration between farmers and water systems to protect drinking water sources. They will also urge robust funding for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and state revolving loan funds that provide loans for water utilities seeking to renew aging infrastructure. “For 16 years AWWA Fly-In delegates have brought a consistent, credible voice on water issues to our elected leaders in Washington,” said AWWA CEO David LaFrance. “There is encouraging momentum on legislation that protects drinking water and encourages water infrastructure investment. AWWA delegates play a critical role in assuring Congress understands the issues and supports safe water and strong water systems.” On the issue of drinking water protection, AWWA delegates will support the newly introduced U.S. House Farm Bill, which ...
2018 Exemplary Source Water Protection Award winners announced
Three utilities are recipients of AWWA’s 2018 Exemplary Source Water Protection Award: Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority in New Mexico; Clackamas River Water Providers in Oregon City, Oregon; and Rock County Rural Water District in Luverne, Minnesota. Albuquerque won among very large utilities, serving populations greater than 500,000; Clackamas River captured the large utility category for populations of 50,000 to 500,000; and Rock County for small utilities, serving fewer than 50,000. What sets them apart? “They were all able to distinguish their efforts beyond those requirements just needed to be a diligent water utility,” said Randy Easley, Director of Water Quality for Central Arkansas Water and chair of the committee that judged the award. “The strength of their programs is based on sound program vision, definable goals, a well-thought-out action plan, implementation of that plan, and evaluation and revision of their source water protection efforts.” A panel of source water protection experts from across North America reviewed the applications, which were submitted by utilities serving populations ranging from 3,100 to 2 million. The winners will be recognized next week at ACE18 in Las ...
Distribution System Tools: AWWA Water Audit Resources
As additional drinking water utilities continue to complete the distribution system self-assessment process, sufficient information has become available to being summarizing the key action items resulting from self-assessment reports. Several optimization action items have been identified that are common to multiple utilities. These actions comprise a wide range of distribution system activities, due to the comprehensive nature of the self-assessment process. Although the actions vary in terms of complexity, many of the common actions are relatively easy and inexpensive to implement – and can potentially result in a significant impact on distribution system operations and water quality. Actions that are more complex benefit from the Partnership’s prioritization and action planning guidance, which provides a framework for developing short and long term actions that can help utilities create a path towards achieving optimization. One of the common actions from the Partnership’s distribution system self-assessments completed to date is the completion of a water audit. A water audit is a quantitative analysis of water usage that enables the utility to better account for water usage and losses (both apparent and real). ...
2018 State of the Water Industry Report reveals long-term trends
This marks the 15th year AWWA has produced the annual State of the Water Industry Report, a deep dive into the issues facing the sector and a roadmap for water professionals as they navigate the challenges of the future. Since the report began in 2004, more than 25,000 responses have illuminated the trends and concerns that impact the sector. The results of the 2018 survey are in and they reveal some surprises as well as familiar anxieties. This year’s report shows we’re still having many of the same conversations as in 2004, particularly about aging infrastructure, financing for capital improvements, and long-term water supply availability . But it also takes a closer look at topics such as resource management, planning, data management, innovation, and – in an unprecedented year of hurricanes, floods, and fires -- emergency preparedness. Among the highlights of the report, which will be available soon on AWWA's website: Renewal and replacement of infrastructure and financing for capital improvements top the list of water industry concerns for the fourth year running. Rounding out the top five are ...