Water Finance

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

AMWA: The Time Is Now for Congress to Recommit to WIFIA

AMWA: The Time Is Now for Congress to Recommit to WIFIA

June 20, 2018 at 9:47 am 0 comments

By Diane VanDe Hei Washington has heard a lot of talk over the past year about the need to address the nation’s aging infrastructure, but there has been little agreement among Democrats and Republicans about how to go about it. However, a program created by Congress four years ago is actuallyRead More

Examining Legal Considerations in Funding Customer Assistance Programs

Examining Legal Considerations in Funding Customer Assistance Programs

June 20, 2018 at 9:00 am 0 comments

By Alyse Greenberg As water utilities work to upgrade aging infrastructure, address changes in water supply and demand, and meet regulatory requirements, many of the increased costs are passed through to customers. Increased rates mean that more utility customers may face difficulties in paying their bills. This can lead to increasedRead More

Senate panel approves spending bill to maintain WIFIA, SRF funds

Senate panel approves spending bill to maintain WIFIA, SRF funds

June 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of FY19 EPA spending legislation that would maintain level funding for the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs, as well as the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.  The full Senate could vote on the spending bill later thisRead More

Sharing the Risks and Rewards

Sharing the Risks and Rewards

June 18, 2018 at 11:45 am 0 comments

Could the ‘Pay for Success’ Model of Environmental Impact Bonds Be the Future of Water Infrastructure Financing? By Eric Letsinger My wife and I have typically shied away from hobbies that could put me in a position of having to fix things that might break — such as a boat. ButRead More

Report: SRF requests increase 25 percent over last year

Report: SRF requests increase 25 percent over last year

June 11, 2018 at 7:20 am 0 comments

New data shows that requests to fund water and wastewater infrastructure projects through the U.S. EPA’s administered State Revolving Fund (SRF) program have increased 25 percent since last year. For the most recent cycle, 2017/2018 fiscal year, $26.9 billion has been requested for drinking water and another $55.3 billion forRead More

What Is Poor Supplier Information Management Costing Utilities?

What Is Poor Supplier Information Management Costing Utilities?

June 4, 2018 at 10:05 am 0 comments

By Mary Ellen Mitchell SIM is the process of measuring and monitoring supplier performance and supplier business process and practices for the purposes of consolidating supplier information in one database, reducing costs, mitigating risk and driving continuous improvement. How much do you really know about your suppliers and how much areRead More

California water district to construct state-of-the-art recycling facility

California water district to construct state-of-the-art recycling facility

May 30, 2018 at 9:27 am 0 comments

The East Valley Water District in Highland, Calif., recently secured $126 million in funding from the California State Water Resources Control Board to construct the Sterling Natural Resource Center (SNRC), a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility that will produce recycled water and offer additional community benefits. Through $119 million in low-interestRead More

Senate panel approves WRDA bill; water sector split on SRF WIN provision

Senate panel approves WRDA bill; water sector split on SRF WIN provision

May 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee has approved its plan to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The measure includes a controversial proposal known as the “SRF WIN Act.” Introduced earlier this year by Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), the SRF WIN Act would amend EPA’s Water InfrastructureRead More

A flooded treatment plant in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

EPA resiliency program included in WRDA bill

May 29, 2018 at 11:50 am 0 comments

Last week, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a plan to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act (S. 2800). The WRDA legislation contains a number of drinking water policy reforms, including one that could authorize a new program under the U.S. EPA that would offer competitive grant assistance to communities toRead More

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