Financial Report

Value for Money…and Beyond

Value for Money…and Beyond

June 20, 2018 at 9:55 am 0 comments

New Financing Options Demand New Evaluation Tools By Mike Matichich Water agencies are faced with a widening array of delivery and finance options for their major capital programs. That is good news, as the industry likely will need everything from the U.S. EPA’s relatively new WIFIA loan program to ‘pay forRead More

Spend Wisely

Spend Wisely

April 5, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Jim Baehr Spend wisely. This statement appears time and time again in everything from public commission reports to utility strategic plans and the day-to-day public discourse. Doing this isn’t easy and won’t get any easier. Awareness and Expectations Water utilities work diligently to enhance the public’s awareness of theRead More

Consolidation & Privatization Would Help Communities Finally Resolve Urgent Infrastructure Issues

Consolidation & Privatization Would Help Communities Finally Resolve Urgent Infrastructure Issues

February 21, 2018 at 7:30 am 0 comments

By Julius Ciaccia, Jr. Over the last 40 years serving in top-level management for water/wastewater public utilities, I’ve been witness to a steady conversation about the broadening infrastructure investment gap in the drinking water and sewer industry. We continue to strike the mallet to bring attention to the need forRead More

EPA backs Pennsylvania’s $141 million water quality  improvement plan

EPA backs Pennsylvania’s $141 million water quality improvement plan

October 15, 2017 at 7:55 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has approved and helped fund a $141 million plan by Pennsylvania to implement 23 clean water infrastructure projects. The Intended Use Plan includes an award of $52,518,000 from EPA’s FY 2017 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The plan by the Pennsylvania InfrastructureRead More

Philadelphia Launches New Water Pricing Model for Low-Income Residents

Philadelphia Launches New Water Pricing Model for Low-Income Residents

August 16, 2017 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Erin Bonney Casey The City of Philadelphia has thrust itself into the broader national discussion on the affordability of water with its newly launched and unique water pricing model. In an era of rising water rates and constrained municipal budgets, Philadelphia is adapting to shifting market conditions. The goalRead More

Interest Rates: A Barometer of Pressure or a Thermometer of Heat?

Interest Rates: A Barometer of Pressure or a Thermometer of Heat?

June 20, 2017 at 9:34 am 0 comments

By David Clamage Historians have suggested that the concept of charging interest today for the use of money, goods or services to be repaid in the future goes back thousands of years, when a farmer could borrow a seed to grow wheat and repay that loan with “interest” in theRead More

Sculpting Cash

Sculpting Cash

April 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm 0 comments

  By David Clamage Nineteenth century French sculptor Auguste Rodin once said, “Even with all the documents, you can never forge nature.” In delivering water to your communities, you don’t so much forge nature as sculpt it to the goals of your community defined by their needs, your budget, theRead More

White House proposes EPA cuts in FY18 budget; SRF to increase

White House proposes EPA cuts in FY18 budget; SRF to increase

March 20, 2017 at 11:44 am 0 comments

Last week, the White House released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. As expected, the proposal includes severe cuts to government agencies but also expands support for some programs related to critical infrastructure. As proposed, the budget would lead to a 31 percent reduction in funding for the U.S.Read More

Bucks, Bonds or Borrowing

Bucks, Bonds or Borrowing

March 1, 2017 at 10:27 am 0 comments

Bucks, Bonds or Borrowing By David Clamage Welcome to 2017 – a year that’s certain to be filled with change for you and your business of delivering, treating and addressing the water needs of your community. Politics, as always, will play a role in your decision making as well asRead More

Bluefield: Muni Water CAPEX to Increase in Europe

Bluefield: Muni Water CAPEX to Increase in Europe

October 19, 2016 at 8:20 am 0 comments

According to a recent report from global water market insight firm Bluefield Research, European utilities are planning to invest more than $526 billion (USD) in water and wastewater infrastructure between 2016 and 2025. A combination of drivers including utility market restructuring, water and wastewater directives and improved efficiency have encouragedRead More

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