Category: Drinking Water

U.S.EPA Seeks Public Comments for Lead and Copper Rule Revisions

Posted on July 15, 2021 by

In June, the Biden administration delayed the implementation of the Trump Administration’s federal lead and copper rule (LCR) until December 2021 to seek additional public comments and potentially revise the Trump Administration’s LCR. Along with the delay, the U.S. EPA launched a public commenting period, holding roundtable discussions in 10 locations across the U.S. They are also […]

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Toledo Water Council Makes Progress on Water Affordability

Posted on June 25, 2021 by

By Alexis Smith, Freshwater Future Staff Member and Junction Community Resident In 2018, the City of Toledo pushed through a plan to regionalize governance of the Toledo water utility that sells water to suburbs at wholesale prices and substantially increases water rates for residents living in the City. Toledo rates are expected to increase by […]

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Freshwater Weekly: May 28, 2021

Posted on May 28, 2021 by

May 28, 2021 THIS WEEK: Board Spotlight – Melanie Welch + Freshwater Future Spearheads Billion Dollar Ask to Ohio Legislature and Governor + Maryland Takes Positive Step with ‘Safe School Drinking Water Act’ + Studies Find PFAS in Breast Milk + COVID-19 Pandemic Shines a Light on Need for Safe, Clean, and Affordable Water Board Spotlight […]

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Board Spotlight – Stephanie Smith

Posted on February 2, 2021 by

What Doesn’t Happen at Scientific Meetings (But Should) Stephanie Smith, Freshwater Future’s Board Chair, talks about her recent collaborative work with scientists and groups in the African Great Lakes region. (Photo: Stephanie pictured with her family at Murchison Falls in Uganda.) I looked out at the expanse of 90+ scientists from 17 different countries, most […]

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Freshwater Future Applauds Congresswomen Tlaib & Dingell’s Reintroduction of Emergency Water is a Human Right

Posted on January 28, 2021 by

For Immediate Release January 28, 2021 Contact: Jill Ryan, Executive Director (231) 348-8200 Jill@freshwaterfuture.org Petoskey, MI – Today Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Debbie Dingell re-introduced the Emergency Water is a Human Right bill. The legislation prohibits any public utility receiving federal funds authorized under the act from turning off energy and water services to Americans […]

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What is Affordability and How Does it Relate to Water Infrastructure and Contamination?

Posted on January 12, 2021 by

Director’s Note Jill M. Ryan, Executive Director Cambridge English Dictionary defines affordability as: the state of being cheap enough for people to be able to buy. When we talk about the affordability of water, we have to start with the question, who is the customer, in order to determine what amount would be affordable for […]

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Michigan Legislature Passes Bill to Keep Water on Through March 2021

Posted on December 18, 2020 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 18, 2020 Media Contact: Jill Ryan, Executive Director, Freshwater Future, jill@freshwaterfuture.org , (231)348-8200 ext. 2 (Communities across Michigan)– The Michigan Legislature passed legislation yesterday that prohibits water utilities from shutting off water to residents due to non-payment. The legislation, spearheaded by Senator Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), also requires the restoration of […]

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