Public Utility Finance

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 EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that while the administration favors “clean water and fixing our outdated infrastructure,” the agency is implementingRead More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

AWWA urges increased WIFIA funding as demand grows

AWWA urges increased WIFIA funding as demand grows

May 4, 2017 at 9:44 am 0 comments

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) celebrated news that 43 entities have expressed interest in loans through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and urged increased funding to confront the U.S. water infrastructure challenge. AWWA, the chief architect of the WIFIA program, continues to advocate for WIFIA andRead More

Fitch: WIFIA could provide long overdue boost to water projects

Fitch: WIFIA could provide long overdue boost to water projects

May 4, 2017 at 8:45 am 0 comments

According to a new report from Fitch Ratings, water and sewer utilities throughout the country are faced with aging infrastructure and a rather large price tag to rectify it, which could pave the way for substantially more investment in the space. The California drought, the Flint, Mich., toxic water crisisRead More

New York goes in big on clean water bill

New York goes in big on clean water bill

April 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

New York’s 2017-18 state budget has included a new clean water infrastructure bill that will allocate $2.5 billion for projects across the state. The money will be used to repair and replace old pipes and water mains to ensure clean drinking water, as well as making source water land acquisitionsRead More

Balance the Fund with ‘Customer Conversations’

Balance the Fund with ‘Customer Conversations’

April 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm 0 comments

Albuquerque Uses Customer Outreach to Gain Deeper Insights into Infrastructure Needs, Conservation and Rate Increases By Frank Roth & Carol Malesky As many utilities look to implement water conservation programs in order to address drought and water shortfalls, the challenge of maintaining a utility’s fund balances becomes more prevalent. AsRead More

Michigan: An Example for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan?

Michigan: An Example for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan?

March 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm 0 comments

The State of Michigan is Getting Very Serious about Water Infrastructure, Restoring Public Trust & Protecting Ratepayers –By Gregory M. Baird– A shockwave occurred in the U.S. water industry as the toxic lead findings sent a media mushroom cloud over Flint, Michigan. Every water utility in America convened fact findingRead More

Does Trump’s infrastructure plan conflict with budget proposal?

Does Trump’s infrastructure plan conflict with budget proposal?

March 6, 2017 at 11:30 am 0 comments

President Donald Trump vowed to follow through on another key campaign promise when he announced during a recent address to Congress that he would ask for approval of a $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan. However, Trump’s comments on increased infrastructure investment came just days after the White House outlined a FY18Read More

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