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The Southern Delivery System began operations in April 2016 and features 50 miles of predominantly 66-in. pipeline.

What’s in Trump’s infrastructure plan?

February 13, 2018 at 3:11 pm 0 comments

President Donald Trump this week unveiled some specifics on his $1.5 billion-plus infrastructure investment plan after calling for a new commitment to rebuilding America’s infrastructure in his January State of the Union address. “This morning I submitted legislative principles to Congress that will spur the biggest and boldest infrastructure overhaulRead More

Congress approves budgetary framework including infrastructure spending plans

Congress approves budgetary framework including infrastructure spending plans

February 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm 0 comments

Congress approved legislation last week that ended a brief government shutdown, set a federal budgetary framework through the 2019 fiscal year and delivered billions of dollars in disaster relief aid to communities affected by the devastating hurricanes in fall 2017. The bill was approved as part of a deal between RepublicanRead More

Water Finance Conference call for speakers extended

Water Finance Conference call for speakers extended

February 12, 2018 at 10:30 am 0 comments

The deadline to submit an abstract for the 2018 Water Finance Conference has been extended to Friday, February 23. The fourth annual Water Finance Conference, to be held August 28-29, 2018, in Washington, D.C., is a two-day event aimed at gathering executive-level utility professionals, including directors, general managers, superintendents, CEOs, CFOsRead More

Lawmakers introduce bills to increase SRF dollars using WIFIA

Lawmakers introduce bills to increase SRF dollars using WIFIA

February 5, 2018 at 1:24 pm 0 comments

U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-Ariz.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) recently introduced the Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now (SRF WIN) Act to modernize investment in water infrastructure. This legislation rejects the fix-as-fail approach currently used to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure and instead empowers states toRead More

Trump puts price tag on infrastructure plan, calls for private sector investment

Trump puts price tag on infrastructure plan, calls for private sector investment

January 31, 2018 at 9:30 am 0 comments

In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump on Tuesday proposed at least a $1.5 trillion investment in improvements to U.S. infrastructure, noting it as a top priority for his administration in the coming year while criticizing the current pace of needed construction projects. “I am askingRead More

What does the leaked White House infrastructure plan tell us?

What does the leaked White House infrastructure plan tell us?

January 29, 2018 at 12:50 pm 0 comments

An early draft of the White House’s proposed infrastructure improvement plan leaked last week. The draft reveals some details of a plan to revitalize U.S. water infrastructure, as well as improve transportation, land revitalization and Veteran’s Affairs facilities. First reported by Axios, the leaked six-page document titled “Funding Principles” appears toRead More

Tax bill would preserve municipal bonds, restore PABs

Tax bill would preserve municipal bonds, restore PABs

December 20, 2017 at 7:00 am 0 comments

A bicameral tax reform agreement released by congressional Republicans last week preserves the ability of communities to issue tax-exempt municipal bonds to finance drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. But the bill would dial back the ability of communities to advance refund municipal bonds when interest rates decrease, which untilRead More

How Paying for Tomorrow’s Clean Water Will Be Different

How Paying for Tomorrow’s Clean Water Will Be Different

December 18, 2017 at 7:10 am 0 comments

Regional and Statewide Charges and Fees Can Help Pay for Projects to Reduce Stormwater and Agricultural Runoff By Michael Curley Forty-five years ago, when the Clean Water Act (CWA) was passed, urban sewage was the No. 1 source of water pollution. The 1972 Act included the Construction Grants Program managedRead 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

Small Water Systems Face Big Financial Challenges

Small Water Systems Face Big Financial Challenges

October 25, 2017 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Liz Harvell Of the more than 151,000 public water systems in the United States, 97 percent — 146,767 — are considered small water systems under the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Despite the high number of public water systems that are consideredRead More

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