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Rural Water Policy Advisory: Hacking of U.S. Water Utility’s Website

  • 27 July 2015
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) has reported the “hacking” of a U.S. water utility’s website by an apparent supporter of the Islamic State using the moniker “Phenomene Dz.”  The main page of the utility’s website was defaced with a message from the hacker. The hack also left inaccessible the website for visitors.  T he message from the hacker states, “We Will Continue (sic) Hacking Your WebSites To Send OUR MESSAGE.”

Water Infrastructure Grants are Available

  • 27 July 2015
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The NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH) announced that $50 million in water infrastructure grants are now available to local governments for critical water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. The $50 million in funding is part of $200 million in grants expected through the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) over the next three state fiscal years to fund municipal wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects that improve water quality and protect public health.

Problematic Storm Water

  • 27 July 2015
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I just read a most interesting article share by Molly Reed, our Training Specialist about a new playground in the city that soaks up it’s storm water.  Much planning, design and construction went into this project to build a playground on a public school complex of which this area continuously flooded with every heavy rainfall.

Happy Retirement Connie Schreppel and Wayne Cardy

  • 27 July 2015
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After 39.98 years of dedicated service to the Mohawk Valley Water Authority, Connie Schreppel has decided to retire.  Connie has overseen numerous improvements and upgrades in her career and will be leaving a legacy that will be hard to match.  Connie has been a friend to Rural Water, assisting numerous staff members with input and direction while sitting on various operational committees.  Connie also was a founding member and Co-Chair of the NYWARN (New York Water & Wastewater Agency Response Network).  Her input and guidance have helped promote the startup and growth of this invaluab

London’s Singing Sewermen Belt Out The Twelve Blockages of Christmas

  • 16 December 2014
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London’s singing sewermen belt out ‘The Twelve Blockages of Christmas’
Thames Water’s hardy east London sewermen have released their own, reworded version of the holiday carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to discourage people from washing drain-blocking turkey fat down the drain this holiday season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIu1IGcxg08

Check out this new way to clean your worst water mains

  • 9 December 2014
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ICE PIGGING combines the operational advantages of flushing with the cleaning impact of soft pigging. The Ice Pig is a semi-solid that is pumped like a liquid and flows through changes in diameter, bends and fittings without blockage. ICE PIGGING has a minimum impact on operations. The ice pig is simply pumped into and recovered from a hydrant at each end of the pipe section without excavation or modification to the hydrant.

ICE PIGGING VALUE

What Does “Flushable” Really Mean?

  • 9 December 2014
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Utilities across the country are delivering the “3 Ps” message to their customers, asking them to flush only the 3 Ps – pee, poop, and toilet paper.  But since many manufacturers and retailers label some wipes and other products “flushable,” NACWA and its utility members are often asked if other products could be safe to flush, and what criteria these products would need to meet to call themselves flushable.

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