Water Finance

House advances Drinking Water System Improvement Act of 2017

House advances Drinking Water System Improvement Act of 2017

July 17, 2017 at 9:31 am 0 comments

Members of the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Environment concluded markup last week on legislation that would make a series of minor reforms to the Safe Drinking Water Act while reauthorizing the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The unanimously-approved Drinking Water System Improvement Act of 2017 authorizes spending up to $8 billion onRead More

Raftelis adds utility finance expert Cristiano

Raftelis adds utility finance expert Cristiano

July 14, 2017 at 9:27 am 0 comments

Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. (Raftelis) has announced it has hired Todd Cristiano as a manager in its Denver Metro office. Cristiano has 18 years of utility finance experience, including 12 years as a consultant to utilities and six years as the manager of rates at Denver Water. His experience coversRead More

Bluefield: Household water, sewer bills steadily outpacing inflation

Bluefield: Household water, sewer bills steadily outpacing inflation

July 10, 2017 at 10:36 am 0 comments

Residential water and wastewater bills have progressively increased by 5.7 percent annually over the past five years, outpacing average annual income growth (5 percent) and inflation (1.9 percent) and magnifying the financial challenges facing municipal water utilities. Analysis of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. show combined monthlyRead More

EPA to fund New York water quality programs

EPA to fund New York water quality programs

June 26, 2017 at 9:21 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation a Performance Partnership grant of $5.7 million to administer water quality programs. “The EPA is protecting the environment by engaging our state partners,” said Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This grant should help New York meet their localRead More

Mayors Take the Lead on Water Infrastructure

Mayors Take the Lead on Water Infrastructure

June 21, 2017 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Roundtable 2017 Editor’s Note — This issue marks the return of our popular Mayors Roundtable feature. Mayors are essential to a city’s water infrastructure agenda, involved in budgetary decisions and strategic planning, often in the face of financial challenges, economic uncertainty and regulatory constraints. They are held accountable when problemsRead More

Lawmakers pan proposed EPA budget cuts

Lawmakers pan proposed EPA budget cuts

June 21, 2017 at 6:55 am 0 comments

The Trump Administration’s FY18 budget plan for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faced criticism from both sides of the aisle last week during an appropriations subcommittee hearing on the proposal. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that while the administration favors “clean water and fixing our outdated infrastructure,” the agency is implementingRead More

Interest Rates: A Barometer of Pressure or a Thermometer of Heat?

Interest Rates: A Barometer of Pressure or a Thermometer of Heat?

June 20, 2017 at 9:34 am 0 comments

By David Clamage Historians have suggested that the concept of charging interest today for the use of money, goods or services to be repaid in the future goes back thousands of years, when a farmer could borrow a seed to grow wheat and repay that loan with “interest” in theRead More

2017 Water Finance Conference agenda to highlight integrated financing, future of U.S. infrastructure

2017 Water Finance Conference agenda to highlight integrated financing, future of U.S. infrastructure

June 14, 2017 at 7:00 am 0 comments

The agenda for the third annual Water Finance Conference, being held Aug. 28-29, 2017 at the Harley-Davidson Museum® in Milwaukee, Wis., will feature a variety of technical presentations covering current funding challenges facing water and wastewater utilities, punctuated by the growing need for new, integrated approaches against the backdrop ofRead More

Atlanta DWM recognized for financial reporting

Atlanta DWM recognized for financial reporting

June 5, 2017 at 10:40 am 0 comments

The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management (DWM) recently received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence for Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. Awarded to government agencies and their management teams, the certificate recognized the achievements highlighted in DWM’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal yearRead More

EPA’s water funding programs maintain current levels amid Trump budget cuts

EPA’s water funding programs maintain current levels amid Trump budget cuts

May 30, 2017 at 7:15 am 0 comments

The FY18 budget plan released by President Donald Trump in May would reduce EPA funding by 31 percent across the board by slashing programs and cutting staff, but the plan would maintain current funding levels for the agency’s water infrastructure financing programs. The proposal marks just one step in a longRead More

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