CISA Issues New Cybersecurity Measures for Water Utilities
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) has developed a comprehensive guide to protect water and wastewater utilities against the increasing attacks from high-tech criminals. Their guidance was developed alongside 25 tech-security firms and leading water organizations, including the American Water Works Association.

These guidelines come after recent news surrounding a Pennsylvania water system that was breached by hackers who held ties to an Iranian national group.

One of the major actions that CISA’s guide recommends is strengthening the baseline security of any given system with segmentation for IT and operational technology systems, as well as maintaining system backups. Some security experts have stated that due to the decentralized and autonomous nature of the water sector, security is already more fortified than other sectors, but improvements should be made to further fortify the sector from other cyberthreats.

NSF Unveils First of New Certification
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently announced its first client certified for the NSF/ANSI 53 Total PFAS Reduction. The client, Microfilter, was the first water filter manufacturer in the world that was able to have NSF-verified total PFAS reduction with a tested mix of seven PFAS contaminants that were less than 20 parts per trillion. Eight of Microfilter’s products received this stricter certification, the lowest limit to date.

This NSF/ANSI certification is the latest update to a continued program that reduces the negative health effects associated with PFAS and other contaminants. It is a product of the shared efforts between the NSF and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to protect consumers and to offer accreditation to water filtration products.

Microfilter is a South Korean water filter manufacturer that provides purifications systems for both commercial and residential use.

WQA Celebrates 50 Years as Trade Organization
The Water Quality Association (WQA) is highlighting its 50 years as a trade organization in the water industry.

Established in 1974, the WQA was founded in the merger between the Water Conditioning Association and the Water Conditioning Foundation, which included the Water Quality Research Council, an organization founded in 1952 that is now recognized as the Water Quality Research Foundation. This consolidation resulted in a singular voice that could better address growing concerns and showcase innovations and opportunities in the water industry.

Currently, WQA has over 2,500 member companies around the world that now have access to its educational resources and opportunities for certification through its various programs. To celebrate, the WQA has added a section to its website (found under the About WQA heading) that highlights numerous accomplishments and milestones over the 50 years of continued service.

NRWA and WaterISAC Partner for CyberSecurity Initiative
The Natural Rural Water Association (NRWA) and the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC) have announced a partnership to increase cybersecurity measures for rural water utilities. As cyber threats increase for utilities across the country, this partnership will serve to strengthen the resilience of the communities with the least access to cybersecurity resources. This agreement will provide coverage for the 25,000 members of the NRWA that serve populations under 3,300. Some of the resources provided will include a twice-weekly newsletter covering information on cybersecurity threats, access to their webinar schedule and resource center, as well as member rates for relevant conferences.

Ana Garcia, Kinetico CEO

Kinetico Announces
New Leadership
Kinetico, a global water treatment manufacturer, has announced Ana Garcia as its new chief executive officer.

Garcia brings with her more than two decades of experience leading global organizations, including leadership history from being president of the global dispensing organization at IDEX Corporation to the KitchenAid tool group at Whirlpool. Garcia will oversee all Kinetico operations in North America, Europe, and Asia.

States Receiving Funding from U.S. EPA For Improved Infrastructure
Late in February, multiple states announced funding acquired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for improvements to water infrastructure, all funded through the $50 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed by the Biden administration in 2022.

A snapshot of recent funding allocations include:
• $42 million for Delaware
• $42 million for the District of Columbia
• $151 million for Massachusetts
• $200 million for Pennsylvania
• $500 million for California

This funding is unprecedented as the largest investment of its kind in the country’s water programs. Per a statement from the EPA, “Most of the reported fundings will be available as grants or principal forgiveness loans, ensuring funds reach underserved communities most in need of investments in water infrastructure.”

Linda Lee

Purdue Helps Great Lakes Project Fight Forever Chemicals
Purdue University is partnering with the Great Lakes Water Innovation Engine, also known as ReNEW, to give resources and increased aid to protecting the water found in the region. Funded through the NSF, this engine’s primary goals are to boost the economy via valuable investments in water treatment technologies, as well as to extract the reusable minerals found in wastewater. This program already has begun in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Cleveland, noted for their capabilities as major water hubs.

Purdue will provide comprehensive assistance across every stage of the project with help from principal investigator Linda Lee, Distinguished Professor of Agronomy and professor of environmental and ecological engineering. She is co-leading the work to develop and commercialize improved selective-separation technologies.


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