Water Finance

Innovations in Stormwater Funding: Trip-Generation Rates

Innovations in Stormwater Funding: Trip-Generation Rates

July 19, 2021 at 9:15 am 0 comments

By Kyle Stevens Climate change is a pressing issue for local governments. The unpredictable nature of storm events and sea level rise has put a strain on already aging stormwater infrastructure, requiring huge investments to address the problem. Paying for these investments should not rely upon the methods of theRead More

Increasing State Revolving Fund Capacity through Leveraging

Increasing State Revolving Fund Capacity through Leveraging

July 9, 2021 at 8:16 am 0 comments

Editor’s Note: This article is a follow-up to a piece in the April issue discussing how innovative features of the WIFIA program can help expand SRF loan capacity. By Katy Hansen, Sridhar Vedachalam & John Ryan In 2008, Iowa state lawmakers were determined to finance infrastructure upgrades in 600 smallRead More

A Perspective on Public Water Sector Asset Valuation

A Perspective on Public Water Sector Asset Valuation

July 6, 2021 at 11:24 am 0 comments

By Mark T. Hessel   Property insurance coverage for water and wastewater utilities can present many challenges – for insurer and insured, alike. Accurate coverage begins with proper recording and valuation of the underlying exposures; however, property typically found in utility operations can be difficult for underwriters to comprehend andRead More

Biden administration, Senators agree on bipartisan infrastructure framework

Biden administration, Senators agree on bipartisan infrastructure framework

June 28, 2021 at 10:11 am 0 comments

The Biden administration and a bipartisan group of senators last week reached agreement on a $1.2 trillion “Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework” that could set the stage for a massive new investment in the nation’s infrastructure, according to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA). According to a summary released by the White House,Read More

What a Successful National Water Strategy Looks Like & Why It Matters

What a Successful National Water Strategy Looks Like & Why It Matters

June 23, 2021 at 1:46 pm 0 comments

By Will Sarni It is estimated that currently 844 million people live without clean water, and 2.3 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation, according to water.org. Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the world’s population, and this figure is projected to rise due to increasedRead More

House advances bill with increased funding for clean water

House advances bill with increased funding for clean water

June 14, 2021 at 9:25 am 0 comments

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee last week marked up and advanced H.R. 1915, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021. This legislation follows the Senate’s passage in May of its clean water reauthorization package, S. 914, the Senate Drinking Water and WastewaterRead More

Low-income water assistance program formally launched

Low-income water assistance program formally launched

June 7, 2021 at 8:32 am 0 comments

The White House last week announced the official launch of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) housed at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).  This program is the first of its kind designed to provide funding to help low-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their water andRead More

Water sector applauds proposed permanent low-income customer assistance program

Water sector applauds proposed permanent low-income customer assistance program

May 24, 2021 at 9:05 am 0 comments

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) are applauding the introduction of H.R. 3293, the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Programs Act of 2021. The bipartisan legislation, led by Reps. Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.) would create a permanent program atRead More

Report: Water assistance programs exclude customers in need

Report: Water assistance programs exclude customers in need

May 24, 2021 at 8:30 am 0 comments

A report released today by the Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) finds that customer assistance programs offered by large water utilities to help low-income customers pay their water bills are poorly designed and leave out deserving customers. The report, H2Affordability: How Water Bill Assistance Programs Miss the Mark, evaluated assistanceRead More

Treasury releases COVID-19 recovery fund, guidance for water infrastructure 

Treasury releases COVID-19 recovery fund, guidance for water infrastructure 

May 17, 2021 at 9:15 am 0 comments

The U.S. Treasury has released initial guidance for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSLFRF). The CSLFRF is the $350 billion pot of funding provided in the COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act signed into law in March that includes water and sewer infrastructure as an eligible use. These funds will flow directly toRead More