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Tax Reform Update

  • 20 November 2017
  • scalera

 Both the House and Senate tax reform proposals repeal advance refunding bonds after 2017.  Public water and sewer utilities issued about $45 billion in advance refunding bonds from 2012 to 2016.  According to some bond writers’ groups, if advance refunding bonds are repealed, “municipal bond issuers would be challenged to manage interest rate risks and the cost of borrowing for state and local governments would skyrocket,” and would “likely drive many issuers into the swaps and derivatives mar

Overview of EPA’s OCCT Evaluation Templates/Lead and Copper Rule

  • 30 October 2017
  • scalera


EPA is hosting a webinar November 8, 2017, 1-2 pm EST on the OCCT Evaluation Templates.  The webinar will provide detailed walk-through of the templates and how primacy agencies and water systems can use them as a tool for more effectively navigating the OCCT installation steps and associated data gathering, decision-making and documentation activities.  Each of the forms will be discussed in detail and will include step-by-step examples illustrating how they can be used by primacy agencies and water systems.

DHS, FBI Warn Companies of Ongoing Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure

  • 30 October 2017
  • scalera

The Department of Homeland Security and FBI issued a rare public alert warning owners of U.S. critical infrastructure to battle an ongoing campaign of cyber attacks against their information and control networks.  Energy and industrial firms were notified Friday and again Saturday that sophisticated hackers are attempting to penetrate industrial control systems used by the electrical and nuclear power industry, as well as water, aviation, and manufacturing sectors.

Representatives From Congressman Collins Office Tour the Village of Perry Water Treatment Plant

  • 19 October 2017
  • ckearns

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Representatives from Congressman Chris Collins office toured the Village of Perry Water Treatment Plant and discussed both issues facing the water and wastewater industry as well as local issues, with representatives of the Village of Perry and the New York Rural Water Association.