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Congress advances tax reform bills that would impact water sector funding

Congress advances tax reform bills that would impact water sector funding

November 20, 2017 at 11:44 am 0 comments

A comprehensive tax code overhaul passed by the House of Representatives last week, and a similar bill approved by a Senate committee, would preserve the federal tax exemption for municipal bond interest, while eliminating advance refunding. The actions put Congress on track to potentially send a final tax reform billRead More

NAWC joins fight against utility scams targeting customers

NAWC joins fight against utility scams targeting customers

November 20, 2017 at 11:21 am 0 comments

The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) has joined Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS) — a consortium of more than 100 electric, water and natural gas utilities and their respective trade associations — in supporting the second annual Utility Scam Awareness Day to draw attention to the growing issue of utilityRead More

NAWC names Colleen Newman as government relations director

NAWC names Colleen Newman as government relations director

November 16, 2017 at 11:21 am 0 comments

Colleen Newman has been named as the new director of government relations for the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC). Newman will lead NAWC’s efforts to promote policies supporting sustainable solutions to the nation’s water infrastructure investment and management challenges. These solutions require innovation and, working with NAWC members andRead More

Report: Private sector poised to capitalize on billions in municipal water opportunities

Report: Private sector poised to capitalize on billions in municipal water opportunities

November 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm 0 comments

In the wake of tightening municipal budgets, environmental violations, and aging infrastructure, private players are poised to capitalize on struggling water and wastewater utilities. According to a new report, U.S. Municipal Water & Wastewater: Defining the Addressable Market for Private Investment, Bluefield Research estimates the total market value of moreRead More

Water sector urges advance refunding as House panel moves on tax reform

Water sector urges advance refunding as House panel moves on tax reform

November 15, 2017 at 11:58 am 0 comments

The House Ways and Means Committee approved a comprehensive tax reform bill by a party line vote last week, sending the measure to the House floor. The full House is expected to consider the bill this week. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) is the House Republicans’ plan for the largest federal taxRead More

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WE&RF, WaterTAP partnership aims to expand U.S-Canadian innovation  

November 13, 2017 at 11:23 am 0 comments

Two neighboring and leading water innovation organizations have begun a new partnership to support the uptake of promising new water technologies. Recently at the World Water-Tech North America Summit in Toronto, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) announced a new partnership with the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) through theRead More

WEF to Congress: Protect funding for water research

WEF to Congress: Protect funding for water research

November 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm 0 comments

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is urging Congress to protect funding for federal research that is critical to addressing challenges facing the nation’s water resources. WEF requests funding be increased or at least maintained for water research programs at the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. GeologicalRead More

Navigating an Uncertain Future: 2017 Trenchless Technology Roundtable

Navigating an Uncertain Future: 2017 Trenchless Technology Roundtable

November 6, 2017 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Editor’s Note: Earlier this year, Water Finance & Management visited Washington, D.C., with its sister publication, Trenchless Technology. There, we held our annual editorial roundtable discussion concurrent with NASTT’s No-Dig Show. The idea behind this year’s discussion – titled “Navigating an Uncertain Future” – was to explore how the water/wastewaterRead More

GOP tax plan preserves muni bond tax exemption, eliminates new PABs

GOP tax plan preserves muni bond tax exemption, eliminates new PABs

November 6, 2017 at 9:30 am 0 comments

Under a draft tax reform plan released by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives last week, interest earned on municipal bonds issued to fund public water and wastewater infrastructure would remain fully exempt from federal taxation. But the plan would also eliminate new issuances of private activity bonds (PABs).Read More

Are You  Reducing Your Energy Costs? The Key to Performance Contracting Is Truly in the Performance

Are You Reducing Your Energy Costs? The Key to Performance Contracting Is Truly in the Performance

October 30, 2017 at 9:43 am 0 comments

By David Clamage The application of performance contracting to your business can be very profound and highly effective – as well as economical. You are using the savings derived from new and improved energy assets to pay for themselves. We have been on the finance side of this industry forRead More

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