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Webinar on Private Wells

  • Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:00pm
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Have a question about your private well? Join this live webinar next week with a short presentation covering the most common questions, followed by plenty of time for additional Q & A. Here are the details:

Is My Water Safe to Drink?
Common Questions about Private Wells
January 20, 2016 from 1-2 p.m. CDT

Congrats to Wellsville Village Water Department

  • Thu, 01/21/2016 - 2:59pm
  • networx

This year, the Wellsville Water Treatment Plant recognizes its 100th anniversary. A historical report shows that on September 1, 1915, the Village Board purchased the Wellsville Water Company for $75,000.00. In 1916, a slow sand filtration plant was built at a cost of $75,000.00. A new intake dam and chamber was built and a three million gallon open reservoir was included as a part of the slow sand filter.

Clean Sweep NY

  • Thu, 01/21/2016 - 2:56pm
  • networx

The CleanSweep NY program is coming to region 5 this Spring (April 2016) and will accept old unwanted pesticides from agriculture and non-agriculture establishments (not homeowners) for proper disposal free of charge. They will also accept other chemicals for a nominal charge.
Their plan is to have at least 2 collection sites, 1 in Plattsburgh and 1 in Hudson Falls.
Registration is required but there’s no enforcement potential.
They can be reached at 1-877-793-3769 or

New Collaborative Project on Water and Wastewater Utility Benchmarking

  • Thu, 01/21/2016 - 2:53pm
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WRF is pleased to announce a new Tailored Collaboration project sponsored by the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) titled, “Collaborative Water Utility Benchmarking in North America” (#4659). This project seeks to determine if we can advance water and wastewater utility performance by combining industry frameworks including metric benchmarking and process benchmarking. It builds on past efforts and includes updates to the approaches used by WSAA and AWWA.

EPA Develops Algal Toxin Strategic Plan

  • Thu, 01/21/2016 - 2:52pm
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EPA has posted a recently developed Algal Toxin Strategic Plan on its Website. The strategic plan outlines approaches and projects that will control and manage algal toxins in source water and treat algal toxins in drinking water. Additionally, the EPA has released a pre-publication copy of its proposed Fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule, which includes 10 cyanotoxins/groups. WRF has a number of recently published and updated resources to help.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases 2013 Water & Wastewater Age Occupational Data

  • Thu, 01/21/2016 - 2:51pm
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released data that provides detailed information and age comparisons for employed persons in the Utility Sector. The statistics show the water sector had 238,000 employees, while 148,000 were over the age of 45. This data verifies that 62% of our nations Water Operations Specialists were eligible to retire within 10 years. The median age of a water professional was listed at 48.4 years.

New York State Officially Prohibits High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

  • Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:50am
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DEC Issues Findings Statement Concluding Extensive Seven-Year Review

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today officially prohibited high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in New York State by issuing its formal Findings Statement, completing the state’s seven-year review of this activity.