Guest Columns

GOP, Democratic Platforms Present Contrasting Visions for Infrastructure

GOP, Democratic Platforms Present Contrasting Visions for Infrastructure

August 1, 2016 at 11:47 am 0 comments

The 2016 Republican and Democratic Party platforms, released at each of the party’s national conventions, convey vastly different ideas and visions for the future of water infrastructure needs in the United States. The 2016 Republican Platform, released last month at the Republican National Convention inRead More

The Low Income Water Affordability Challenge…An Issue that Impacts All Utilities

The Low Income Water Affordability Challenge…An Issue that Impacts All Utilities

June 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0 comments

By Adam Krantz & Nathan Gardner-Andrews All of us in the water sector have reacted with a combination of horror, deep concern and confusion as the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., played out in recent months. The worst municipal water crisis in the United StatesRead More

Senate Committee Approves Water Resources Development Act of 2016

Senate Committee Approves Water Resources Development Act of 2016

June 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm 0 comments

In April, the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) by a strong, bipartisan vote of 19-1. The main purpose of the bill is to authorize a variety of public works, navigation and environmental restoration projectsRead More

Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition Newsletter — Senate Dems Call for Broader Water Infrastructure Investment

Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition Newsletter — Senate Dems Call for Broader Water Infrastructure Investment

June 7, 2016 at 3:19 pm 0 comments

In April, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and many Democratic colleagues introduced the Testing, Removal, and Updated Evaluations of Lead Everywhere in America for Dramatic Enhancements that Restore Safety to Homes, Infrastructure, and Pipes Act of 2016 or theRead More

From the Publisher’s Desk

From the Publisher’s Desk

June 7, 2016 at 1:52 pm 0 comments

Do You Know Your Water Loss Rate? According to the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average water loss rate in the United States is about 16 percent. Studies by AWWA and EPA have estimated that as muchRead More

SWIC Newsletter — April 2016

SWIC Newsletter — April 2016

April 20, 2016 at 12:00 am 0 comments

In February, Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced legislation, S. 2606, the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act to spur capital investment and to ensure the reliability and safety of the nation’s water infrastructure. Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Jimmy Duncan (R-Tenn.) have also introduced the same bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lawmakers Propose $400 Million in Funding for Flint, More Latitude to EPA

Lawmakers Propose $400 Million in Funding for Flint, More Latitude to EPA

February 1, 2016 at 12:00 am 0 comments

Last week, U. S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) said they would pursue legislation that would pay up to $400 million, matching dollar-for-dollar state investments, for replacing lead service lines and other water infrastructure repairs in Flint.

New York, Minnesota Propose Millions in Water Infrastructure Upgrades

New York, Minnesota Propose Millions in Water Infrastructure Upgrades

January 18, 2016 at 12:00 am 0 comments

Among the proposals highlighted by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last week was $250 million for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects around the state. Also last week, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled a plan to spend $220 million to modernize the state?s aging water system.

EPA Survey Shows $271 Billion Needed for U.S. Wastewater Infrastructure

EPA Survey Shows $271 Billion Needed for U.S. Wastewater Infrastructure

January 18, 2016 at 12:00 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a survey showing that $271 billion is needed to maintain and improve the nation?s wastewater infrastructure.

UIM Hosts Unique, Well-Received Water Finance Conference

UIM Hosts Unique, Well-Received Water Finance Conference

September 8, 2015 at 12:00 am 0 comments

Last week, more than 100 finance professionals in the areas of water, wastewater and stormwater gathered in Cleveland, Ohio, for the inaugural Water Finance Conference.