WASHINGTON — The Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee recently held a hearing to discuss innovative advances being made in the clean water arena, according to a press release.

The challenges faced by clean water agencies seeking to embrace the concept of the Water Resources Utility of the Future (UOTF) were also discussed in the hearing, stated the release.

The release reported that four public agency leaders and members of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) testified regarding their experiences in taking more of a “holistic approach” when it comes to clean water compliance as they transition from “sewerage agencies” to “resource recovery agencies.”

The hearing, entitled “Innovation and the Utilities of the Future: How Local Water Treatment Facilities are Leading the Way to Better Manage Wastewater and Water Supplies,” took place Dec. 2, and Tom Sigmund, executive director of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, represented NACWA, noted the release.

“We hope that with this hearing, Congress will begin to examine policy proposals that can incentivize further adoption of these approaches throughout our sector, whether through greater targeting of federal spending or through use of the tax code to attract private companies to partner with utilities on UOTF-type projects,” said NACWA Executive Director Ken Kirk.

You can find more information on this hearing here.