Local water district officials are hopeful new federal legislation regulating non-flushable wipes will soon become law. It floated through the U.S. House and now sits with the Senate.

Wastewater treatment plants across the country have had problems with “flushable” wipes backing up and breaking systems. The Wastewater Infrastructure Pollution Prevention and Environmental Safety Act was introduced to protect water systems and requires wipe products to include a “do not flush” label.

We are thrilled to announce that May 22, 2024 has officially been proclaimed as Wastewater Professional Appreciation Day! This proclamation is a celebration of the hard work, dedication, and invaluable contributions of wastewater professionals who play a vital role in safeguarding public health and protecting our environment.

Wastewater professionals work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our communities have access to clean and safe water. From wastewater treatment plant operators to engineers, technicians, and environmental specialists, these individuals demonstrate unwavering commitment and expertise in managing our wastewater systems. On May 22, we invite you to join us in honoring and recognizing the efforts of these essential workers.

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Securing Our Future: Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Funding Opportunities

Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM (CDT)

FOCUS ON ENERGY® and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP) are partnering to highlight financial opportunities for energy-efficient processes and upgrades at municipal operations. Throughout this webinar, attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the various funding mechanisms available for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Learn how to apply for these funds successfully and discover the future direction of funding in this critical sector.

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By Rick Mealy

Many labs dread an audit and are relieved when the auditor leaves.  Audits should not end that way, and there are things you can do to minimize what ultimately appears on your audit report.   I will never forget a two-day audit I once performed at a small commercial lab in Michigan that was seeking Wisconsin certification.  On the morning of the second day, I noticed a trash receptacle overflowing with crushed beer cans.  I asked about it and was told that staff were so devastated by my findings the first day that they just sat in the main area after I left and drowned their sorrows.  That bothered me, so I asked if we could talk about that.  It turned out that they were actually agreed with my findings but were disappointed in themselves.  With a little work, the lab eventually received certification, but that scene and my impact on the lab staff was indelibly stamped on my memory.

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