Water Finance

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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

Itron introduces integrated portfolio offering with Eyva

Itron introduces integrated portfolio offering with Eyva

July 29, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Itron, Inc. recently announced the release of Itron Eyva, an integrated portfolio of results-driven offerings to achieve a broad set of desirable outcomes for electricity, gas and water utilities and smart cities. Itron Eyva provides actionable insights in three major focus areas, leveraging the power of untapped and siloed dataRead More

EPA receives 51 requests totalling $6 billion-plus for third round WIFIA funding

EPA receives 51 requests totalling $6 billion-plus for third round WIFIA funding

July 22, 2019 at 10:11 am 0 comments

In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) third Notice of Funding Availability, the agency received 51 letters of interest, collectively requesting $6.6 billion in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) funding. This exceeds the $6 billion that EPA is offering, demonstrating the critical need for investment inRead More

5th Annual Water Finance Conference Welcomes Sonny Popowsky as Keynote Speaker

5th Annual Water Finance Conference Welcomes Sonny Popowsky as Keynote Speaker

July 11, 2019 at 1:44 pm 0 comments

Philadelphia’s water rate board chair and former Pennsylvania consumer advocate to discuss rate setting, affordability challenges Irwin A. “Sonny” Popowsky, chair of the City of Philadelphia’s Water, Sewer & Storm Water Rate Board, will kick off the fifth annual Water Finance Conference as the keynote speaker on the morning ofRead More

Calculating Business Risk Exposure Using Machine Learning

Calculating Business Risk Exposure Using Machine Learning

July 8, 2019 at 9:26 am 0 comments

By Doug Hatler & Matti Kakkori Aging drinking water mains are facing an increasing number of failures leading to service interruptions, higher operating costs and non-revenue water loss. Some failures cause much bigger financial or socioeconomic impacts than others. A 2018 study led by Dr. Steven Folkman at Utah StateRead More

Mueller joins NAWC

Mueller joins NAWC

July 8, 2019 at 8:44 am 0 comments

The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) has announced Mueller Water Products, Inc., and its family of companies as a new premier sponsor. “We are thrilled to welcome Mueller to NAWC. There has never been a better time to be involved in the association as we continue to expand memberRead More

Examining New Payment Methods to Address Agricultural Nutrient Runoff

Examining New Payment Methods to Address Agricultural Nutrient Runoff

June 27, 2019 at 10:09 am 1 comment

By Michael Curley Water quality is a major problem throughout the United States. But it’s not nearly as bad as it used to be. In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland was so polluted that it actually caught fire! That made headlines all across the country and galvanized the U.S.Read More

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Washington Report: AWIA sets the course for next wave of water infrastructure financing

June 19, 2019 at 2:30 pm 0 comments

By Diane VanDe Hei It has been a popular talking point recently in Washington, D.C. to call for action on some sort of “infrastructure bill” that could stimulate the economy, put Americans to work, and begin to rectify the state of our nation’s roads, bridges, and even our water systems.Read More

‘Intelligent water’ could save U.S water utilities $17.6 billion, report says

‘Intelligent water’ could save U.S water utilities $17.6 billion, report says

June 19, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

According to a new report by Arcadis and Bluefield Research, intelligent water can address two of the biggest challenges facing the U.S. water utility sector today: affordability and resilience. “The research indicates that only 21 percent of utilities feel they are fully able to cover costs of service,” said Eric Bindler, researchRead More