Rate Reviews & Long-Term Financial Planning: Lessons from COVID-19

Rate Reviews & Long-Term Financial Planning: Lessons from COVID-19

August 3, 2020

By JP Joly With the multitude of challenges the world has faced in 2020, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact, many water utilities are rethinking their approach to rate reviews and long-term financial planning. As both residential and CII customers look for rate relief and/or paymentRead More

Rate Reviews & Long-Term Financial Planning: Lessons from COVID-19

Rate Reviews & Long-Term Financial Planning: Lessons from COVID-19

August 3, 2020

By JP Joly With the multitude of challenges the world has faced in 2020, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact, many water utilities are rethinking their approach to rate reviews and long-term financial planning. As both residential and CII customers look for rate relief and/or paymentRead More

Virtual Water Finance Conference to cover utility rates, affordability, revenue recovery

Virtual Water Finance Conference to cover utility rates, affordability, revenue recovery

August 3, 2020

September 8, 10, 15 & 17 The 2020 Water Finance Conference, which will be presented in a virtual format this September, will touch on a range of topics in the water utility finance space including rate setting, customer affordability short- and long-term financial planning, revenue recovery through technology, financing unfunded regulatoryRead More

North Carolina utility selects Sensus for smart utility network

North Carolina utility selects Sensus for smart utility network

August 3, 2020

Along a well-travelled stretch of Winston-Salem’s Peters Creek Parkway in North Carolina, local motorists and visitors can’t miss the colorful, 50-ft-tall otter. Stretching 290 ft across the ground-level water tank, the artwork is a nod to both the local water supply and the North American River Otter that is indigenousRead More

Las Vegas Valley Water District CIP focuses on infrastructure renewal, conservation

Las Vegas Valley Water District CIP focuses on infrastructure renewal, conservation

June 11, 2020

By Ken Malone To ensure ongoing water service reliability, the Las Vegas Valley Water District is charging forward with its 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), focusing on infrastructure renewal to repair or replace aging facilities and pipelines. With the use of Echologics’ LeakFinder-ST, an acoustic leak detection technology, the waterRead More

North Carolina utility selects Sensus for smart utility network

North Carolina utility selects Sensus for smart utility network

August 3, 2020

Along a well-travelled stretch of Winston-Salem’s Peters Creek Parkway in North Carolina, local motorists and visitors can’t miss the colorful, 50-ft-tall otter. Stretching 290 ft across the ground-level water tank, the artwork is a nod to both the local water supply and the North American River Otter that is indigenousRead More

City of Laredo Modernizes Its Asset Management System

City of Laredo Modernizes Its Asset Management System

June 9, 2020

By Travis Michel The City of Laredo, Texas, has an extensive water and wastewater infrastructure system comprising more than 2000 miles of pipelines, two water treatment plants, six wastewater treatment plants, 75 lift stations, 19 storage tanks and booster stations, and greater than 12,000 manholes. Over the years, the cityRead More

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North Carolina utility selects Sensus for smart utility network

North Carolina utility selects Sensus for smart utility network

August 3, 2020 at 9:16 am 0 comments

Along a well-travelled stretch of Winston-Salem’s Peters Creek Parkway in North Carolina, local motorists and visitors can’t miss the colorful, 50-ft-tall otter. Stretching 290 ft across the ground-level water tank, the artwork is a nod to both the local water supply and the North American River Otter that is indigenousRead More

Archer Western, Brown and Caldwell begin expansion of water reclamation facility

Archer Western, Brown and Caldwell begin expansion of water reclamation facility

August 3, 2020 at 8:55 am 0 comments

Construction of large-scale expansions to the Big Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Roswell, Georgia, is officially underway. The Fulton County Department of Public Works’ $300 million project, the largest single capital expansion project in Fulton County’s history, is being delivered by the design-build joint venture of Archer Western and BrownRead More

AMWA: Spending bill with WIFIA restrictions advances in House

AMWA: Spending bill with WIFIA restrictions advances in House

July 27, 2020 at 10:48 am 0 comments

The U.S. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program would receive no new funding under a package of FY21 appropriations bills approved by the House of Representatives last week. Lawmakers have adopted an amendment to the bill intended to protect projects already awaiting WIFIA loans. The measure would provide EPARead More

Stantec assisting Washington city on water pollution control facility

Stantec assisting Washington city on water pollution control facility

July 27, 2020 at 10:37 am 0 comments

As the City of Everett, Washington, continues to grow, the city’s Public Works Department is developing a facilities plan for its Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF). Stantec is currently providing an alternatives analysis for the 60-year-old facility with the goal of guiding capital and operational investments for the next twoRead More

EPA announces $6 billion in WIFIA funds for water projects

EPA announces $6 billion in WIFIA funds for water projects

July 20, 2020 at 10:39 am 1 comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the 2020 notice of funding availability under its Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program, including funding for WIFIA’s new state infrastructure financing authority, known as the SWIFIA program. These funding programs accelerate investment in critical water infrastructure through innovative andRead More

New survey polls U.S. confidence in tap water

New survey polls U.S. confidence in tap water

July 20, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Four in five Americans served by a water utility (77 percent) say the quality of their tap water is excellent or good, although Black and Hispanic respondents report a lower level of satisfaction, according to a survey conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The JuneRead More

House FY21 spending bill includes no new direct WIFIA appropriations

House FY21 spending bill includes no new direct WIFIA appropriations

July 20, 2020 at 9:30 am 0 comments

As the start of the federal Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) rapidly approaches on October 1st, the U.S. House has begun working to advance its annual Appropriations (funding) bills through their committee process. Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed its Interior and Environment bill to fund the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Read More

Core & Main to acquire Water Works Supply Co.

Core & Main to acquire Water Works Supply Co.

July 15, 2020 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Core & Main LP, a U.S. distributor of water, sewer and fire protection products, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Water Works Supply Co. The acquisition will mark Core & Main’s 11th transaction since becoming an independent company in AugustRead More

Austin Water selects WaterSmart for customer engagement program

Austin Water selects WaterSmart for customer engagement program

July 14, 2020 at 11:19 am 0 comments

Austin Water has selected WaterSmart – a VertexOne Brand to provide customers with an easy-to-use online and mobile customer portal. The program is a complement to Austin Water’s water meter network upgrade to advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), known as My ATX Water. WaterSmart’s platform will give the utility and its 1 millionRead More

San Francisco gets $513 million WIFIA loan for wastewater

San Francisco gets $513 million WIFIA loan for wastewater

July 10, 2020 at 11:00 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a $513 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) in California to help finance needed pretreatment and other related improvements to its Southeast Treatment Plant, which treats 80 percent of San Francisco’sRead More