Water Finance

Indiana gets $436 million WIFIA loan in largest single disbursement to date

Indiana gets $436 million WIFIA loan in largest single disbursement to date

October 14, 2019 at 8:20 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a $436 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan – the largest initial disbursement under WIFIA to date – to the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA). EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the loan closing along with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb andRead More

NACWA: Senate appropriations bill funds key clean water priorities

NACWA: Senate appropriations bill funds key clean water priorities

October 7, 2019 at 9:02 am 0 comments

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently passed a fiscal year 2020 (FY20) Interior & Environment Appropriations bill, which funds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and key clean water programs. The full House previously passed its FY20 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill earlier this summer and now awaits passage of the Senate version beforeRead More

Forecast: 10-year CAPEX for U.S. water utilities could reach $629 billion

Forecast: 10-year CAPEX for U.S. water utilities could reach $629 billion

September 30, 2019 at 10:02 am 0 comments

According to a new forecast from Bluefield Research, municipal utilities in the United States are expected to spend $629 billion on capital expenditures (CAPEX) over the next decade to address increasing demands on water and wastewater infrastructure. While the baseline forecast projects a 2.6 percent annual growth rate, in-line withRead More

NAWC CEO Powelson receives Financial Research Institute award

NAWC CEO Powelson receives Financial Research Institute award

September 30, 2019 at 9:37 am 0 comments

The Financial Research Institute (FRI) has awarded Robert Powelson, president and CEO of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), its FRI Crystal Award for Distinguished Contribution. The FRI Crystal Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to public utility regulatory policy. “I am honoredRead More

Knowing how much downtime a plant can manage may affect meter choice, but there may be a trade-off between ease of installation and accuracy.

Smart treatment, smart investment: New report details impact investment strategies in water

September 19, 2019 at 9:15 am 0 comments

By Peter Yolles and Cynthia Koehler Newsflash: our water-stressed, climate-changing world is a major resilience challenge for communities. But there’s also an upside to meeting this challenge. Building resilient water solutions can create important, and sometimes catalytic, opportunities for private investors. That’s especially so in the wastewater treatment world. It’sRead More

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Why My Capital Planning Role Is So Challenging…

September 16, 2019 at 9:41 am 0 comments

By Kristy Neckowicz Although roles in planning differ, we’ve seen, time and again, the same handful of challenges related to the effective planning and execution of capital programs. If I walk a mile in a director of engineering’s shoes, here’s how my world would look… I have a huge responsibility toRead More

Water sector briefs Congress, EPA on new affordability strategy

Water sector briefs Congress, EPA on new affordability strategy

September 9, 2019 at 10:01 am 0 comments

During meetings on Capitol Hill and at EPA in late August, the lead authors of the joint NACWA, American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF) report, Developing a New Framework for Household Affordability and Financial Capability Assessment in the Water Sector, provided background on a proposed new approachRead More

Can Water Utilities Fix Aging Infrastructure Without Destroying Customer Satisfaction?

Can Water Utilities Fix Aging Infrastructure Without Destroying Customer Satisfaction?

August 26, 2019 at 9:30 am 0 comments

By Andrew Heath It’s no secret that the United States is facing a water infrastructure crisis of epic proportions. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that $473 billion in drinking water infrastructure investment will be needed over the next 20 years as aging pipes and storage facilities require upgrades andRead More

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5 Best Practices for Utility Capital Planning & Execution

August 19, 2019 at 9:20 am 0 comments

By Kristy Neckowicz Optimizing a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) can be a daunting task for any organization given the inherent complexities and many “moving parts” that constitute the plan. When a CIP comprises a hundred or more projects, juggling the budgets, timelines and resources – all of which are limited orRead More

In 2016, DC Water issued a unique $25 million Environmental Impact Bond, the proceeds of which went to green infrastructure projects to reduce the flow of stormwater into the Potomac River.

Environmental Impact Bonds: The Very Welcome New Kid on the Municipal Finance Block

August 19, 2019 at 8:41 am 0 comments

By Michael Curley The public finance industry is not well known for breathtaking innovations nor spontaneous breakthroughs. But in the past three years a truly innovative development has occurred: Environmental Impact Bonds (EIBs). In 2008, the World Bank issued what it called a “green bond.” Before that event, the bondRead More