NACWA says funding for federal affordability program “nowhere near” needed levels

NACWA says funding for federal affordability program “nowhere near” needed levels

February 12, 2021

Last week the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee marked up its contribution to the next COVID-19 relief bill last week. Included was an additional $500 million for the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Program administered by Health and Human Services, bringing the potential total amount for low-income water assistanceRead More

NACWA says funding for federal affordability program “nowhere near” needed levels

NACWA says funding for federal affordability program “nowhere near” needed levels

February 12, 2021

Last week the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee marked up its contribution to the next COVID-19 relief bill last week. Included was an additional $500 million for the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Program administered by Health and Human Services, bringing the potential total amount for low-income water assistanceRead More

EPA receives 67 new requests for WIFIA financing

EPA receives 67 new requests for WIFIA financing

November 23, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has received 67 letters of interest in response to the agency’s 2020 Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Notice of Funding Availability. A total of $9.2 billion was requested this year — the largest amount ever requested through the WIFIA program. “These lettersRead More

Ohio municipality launching $2.2 million smart meter project

Ohio municipality launching $2.2 million smart meter project

February 2, 2021

The City of Ravenna, Ohio is investing in a $2.2 million smart water project. The city will work with manufacturer Master Meter and distributor Ferguson Waterworks to digitally transform its water system and fulfill Ravenna’s vision of 24/7 customer service for its 11,000 citizens while also reducing water loss. ApproximatelyRead More

Aegion is being acquired, to go private

Aegion is being acquired, to go private

February 22, 2021

Aegion Corp. has entered into a definitive merger agreement with affiliates of investment firm New Mountain Capital in a $963 million deal that will result in Aegion becoming a private company. Aegion, based in St. Louis, is a leading provider of infrastructure maintenance, rehabilitation and protection solutions and has long hadRead More

Best Practices for Water Loss Protection, Mediation & Asset Management

Best Practices for Water Loss Protection, Mediation & Asset Management

February 22, 2021

By Barry Hales & Howard Hodder When it comes to saving water and making better use of it, is there really anything to debate? Water is critical. It is beyond important; we can’t survive without it. In America alone, more than 6 billion gallons of water are lost each dayRead More

Aegion is being acquired, to go private

Aegion is being acquired, to go private

February 22, 2021

Aegion Corp. has entered into a definitive merger agreement with affiliates of investment firm New Mountain Capital in a $963 million deal that will result in Aegion becoming a private company. Aegion, based in St. Louis, is a leading provider of infrastructure maintenance, rehabilitation and protection solutions and has long hadRead More

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A Deluge of Big Data – The Connected Water Utility

A Deluge of Big Data – The Connected Water Utility

February 24, 2021 at 1:14 pm 0 comments

Water industry professionals are experiencing a data deluge. There’s a lot of data out there, gathered from sensors monitoring everything from water quality to pipe bursts — but altogether, it’s too much data divided among too many silos to make sense of what it all means. Download this free whiteRead More

Aegion is being acquired, to go private

Aegion is being acquired, to go private

February 22, 2021 at 6:45 am 0 comments

Aegion Corp. has entered into a definitive merger agreement with affiliates of investment firm New Mountain Capital in a $963 million deal that will result in Aegion becoming a private company. Aegion, based in St. Louis, is a leading provider of infrastructure maintenance, rehabilitation and protection solutions and has long hadRead More

Florida water hack underscores cybersecurity threat to utilities

Florida water hack underscores cybersecurity threat to utilities

February 12, 2021 at 10:20 am 0 comments

Just days before Super Bowl LV kicked off in Tampa Bay, a water system in nearby Oldsmar, Florida, was the target of a cyber attack, renewing concerns around a major vulnerability for water utilities. The hack briefly multiplied the amount of sodium hydroxide, or lye, used in the city’s waterRead More

Core and Main acquiring Triple T Pipe & Supply

Core and Main acquiring Triple T Pipe & Supply

February 11, 2021 at 3:23 pm 0 comments

U.S. distributor of water, sewer and fire protection products Core & Main LP, has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Triple T Pipe & Supply, LLC, located in Lubbock, Texas. Financial terms were not disclosed. “We’re excited to expand ourRead More

The Conundrum of Water Affordability: What’s at Stake?

The Conundrum of Water Affordability: What’s at Stake?

February 8, 2021 at 10:01 am 0 comments

By Ann Bui, Mike Orth & Bruce Allender The U.S. water industry has worked hard in recent years to remind people that potable water is not free. Procuring, treating, and distributing water is costly, and utilities need to cover their costs to make sure customers have safe drinking water, delivered at adequate pressureRead More

AMWA: Final Lead and Copper Rule Contains Big Changes

AMWA: Final Lead and Copper Rule Contains Big Changes

February 8, 2021 at 9:49 am 0 comments

By Diane VanDe Hei After years of development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its long-awaited revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in the Federal Register on Jan. 15, 2021, beginning the ticking of two simultaneous clocks: 60 days until the new rule officially takes effect, andRead More

Fitch Ratings: New Lead and Copper Rule will raise costs for water utilities

Fitch Ratings: New Lead and Copper Rule will raise costs for water utilities

February 8, 2021 at 7:15 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) is not expected to impact utility credit quality over the near-term, but it could have a material effect on certain water utilities’ capex and credit profiles over the medium- to long-term, particularly for those utilities that serve communitiesRead More

Ohio municipality launching $2.2 million smart meter project

Ohio municipality launching $2.2 million smart meter project

February 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

The City of Ravenna, Ohio is investing in a $2.2 million smart water project. The city will work with manufacturer Master Meter and distributor Ferguson Waterworks to digitally transform its water system and fulfill Ravenna’s vision of 24/7 customer service for its 11,000 citizens while also reducing water loss. ApproximatelyRead More

NACWA, AMWA launch new campaign to reaffirm commitment to federal investment in water

NACWA, AMWA launch new campaign to reaffirm commitment to federal investment in water

February 1, 2021 at 9:45 am 0 comments

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) today kicked off a new joint campaign that the two organizations are calling: Affordable Water, Resilient Communities. Local utilities and their customers face financial challenges after years of increasing local costs and declining federal cost-share. The newRead More

Biden outlines stimulus plan including water rate assistance

Biden outlines stimulus plan including water rate assistance

January 28, 2021 at 11:25 am 0 comments

A $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic stimulus plan outlined by President Joe Biden proposes billions of dollars to help low-income families pay water and other utility bills while also offering additional funds to supplement the budgets of state and local governments. Called the American Rescue Plan, the President-elect’s proposal includes an abundance of Democratic prioritiesRead More