Articles by: Andrew Farr

2020 Water Finance Conference shifts to virtual format

2020 Water Finance Conference shifts to virtual format

June 17, 2020 at 6:35 am 0 comments

The 2020 Water Finance Conference is shifting to a virtual format. The sixth annual event, which exclusively covers financing in the U.S. water utility sector, was originally scheduled for Aug. 19-20 in Washington, D.C. Due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the event will now present two-hour online sessionsRead More

City of Laredo Modernizes Its Asset Management System

City of Laredo Modernizes Its Asset Management System

June 9, 2020 at 7:00 am 0 comments

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

Miami-Dade, Itron, US3 deploy advanced wastewater solution

Miami-Dade, Itron, US3 deploy advanced wastewater solution

June 1, 2020 at 8:39 am 0 comments

Itron has announced it has completed the first phase of its deployment of a wastewater management solution with its customer Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer Department (WASD). Taking advantage of Itron’s developer program, Itron, Utility Systems Science & Software (US3) and The Avanti Company created an innovative IoT solution forRead More

WEF seeking applications for Utility of the Future Today program

WEF seeking applications for Utility of the Future Today program

June 1, 2020 at 8:20 am 0 comments

The application period is open for the Utility of the Future Today recognition program, which seeks to honor water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship and recovery of resources such as water, energy and nutrients. The Utility of the Future Today concept is being promoted as water systemsRead More

WATCH: George Hawkins, Andy Kricun and Greg Baird join WF&M to talk pandemic, water outlook

WATCH: George Hawkins, Andy Kricun and Greg Baird join WF&M to talk pandemic, water outlook

May 4, 2020 at 10:44 am 0 comments

Water Finance & Management recently talked with George Hawkins, founder of Moonshot Missions, Andy Kricun, managing director at Moonshot Missions and Greg Baird, frequent contributor to WF&M and president of the Water Finance Research Foundation. The discussion largely focused on the financial and operational outlook for the water/wastewater sector amid theRead More

Water Week hosting live webinars with congressional updates

Water Week hosting live webinars with congressional updates

April 22, 2020 at 12:30 pm 0 comments

The organizers of Water Week 2020 will present complimentary webinar sessions on April 22 and 29 to discuss the water sector’s key issues and talking points, as well tools and tips for engaging with congressional representatives. Live conference events for Water Week 2020, originally scheduled for April 26 – May 2Read More

Analysis: Drinking water revenue decline could mean $32.7 billion in losses

Analysis: Drinking water revenue decline could mean $32.7 billion in losses

April 15, 2020 at 2:05 pm 0 comments

Water industry associations last week offered a stark analysis of the continued impact of the coronavirus pandemic on U.S. water utilities. According to an analysis prepared by Raftelis for the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), revenue shortfalls at U.S. drinking water utilities mayRead More

WATCH: WF&M contributor Greg Baird chats with editor Andrew Farr about COVID-19

WATCH: WF&M contributor Greg Baird chats with editor Andrew Farr about COVID-19

April 6, 2020 at 8:50 am 0 comments

Greg Baird is president of the Water Finance Research Foundation and a frequent contributor to WF&M. As a management consultant, he specializes in long-term utility planning, water infrastructure asset management and capital funding strategies for municipal utilities in the United States. He has served as a municipal finance officer in CaliforniaRead More

Trump, Democrats signal interest in infrastructure for “Phase 4” stimulus

Trump, Democrats signal interest in infrastructure for “Phase 4” stimulus

April 1, 2020 at 1:26 pm 0 comments

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted about a possible federal infrastructure bill worth $2 trillion that would presumably serve as, or as part of, a “Phase 4” stimulus package amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Then on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was joined by U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), JamesRead More

NACWA: State bills to address wipes gain traction

NACWA: State bills to address wipes gain traction

March 16, 2020 at 6:00 am 0 comments

State bills to address the labeling of wipes continue to gain momentum, with a bill in Washington state passing both legislative bodies and another bill introduced in Minnesota, said the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). Washington’s bill, HB 2565, requires “Do Not Flush” logos on non-flushable wipes, with languageRead More