International Group Updates Flushability Specifications for Wipes
“The International Water Services Flushability Group (IWSFG) has published an updated version of its flushability specifications. The original specifications were published in 2018 to provide a method for evaluating whether wipes and other products labeled “flushable” are safe for sewer systems. Problems caused by improperly flushed consumer products are experienced by clean water utilities worldwide, resulting in clogs, overflows, and billions of dollars in maintenance costs every year. The updated specifications contain slightly modified testing procedures and criteria to improve the repeatability of the tests and consistency of the results. The three publicly available specification (PAS) documents together describe the criteria that a product should meet to be compatible with being flushed down a toilet.” Read more from here.


Biosolids: The Ultimate Recycling Success Story
CASA’s Director of Renewable Resource Programs, Greg Kester was recently interviewed by Babcock Laboratories for an article on what is arguably Greg’s all-time favorite topic… you guessed it, Biosolids! ““Biosolids have a plethora of benefits, they assist in creating healthy soils which help crop growth, they are significant mitigators of climate change, reduce irrigation use, offset the use of inorganic fertilizers, and essentially are the best example of recycling,” said Kester. In fact, many agricultural areas depend on biosolids to help provide micronutrients such as phosphorus to help enrich their soils and produce plentiful crops. Kester went on to say that, “Phosphorus is a finite resource that will be exhausted within a hundred years and it is vital that we recycle the amounts of phosphorus that come from our wastewater treatment facilities through biosolids.” Clearly, Mr. Kester is a fan of biosolids and knows his stuff. Read more in the article here.


Newsom Picks New Leader for Powerful California Air Board
“California Gov. Gavin Newsom will announce Wednesday that he is appointing longtime state regulator Liane Randolph as the next chair of the Air Resources Board, an agency that has regularly shaped the U.S. manufacturing landscape through strict environmental requirements.” Read more in the Politico article here.