Public Utility Finance

Value for Money…and Beyond

Value for Money…and Beyond

June 20, 2018 at 9:55 am 0 comments

New Financing Options Demand New Evaluation Tools By Mike Matichich Water agencies are faced with a widening array of delivery and finance options for their major capital programs. That is good news, as the industry likely will need everything from the U.S. EPA’s relatively new WIFIA loan program to ‘pay forRead More

Report: SRF requests increase 25 percent over last year

Report: SRF requests increase 25 percent over last year

June 11, 2018 at 7:20 am 0 comments

New data shows that requests to fund water and wastewater infrastructure projects through the U.S. EPA’s administered State Revolving Fund (SRF) program have increased 25 percent since last year. For the most recent cycle, 2017/2018 fiscal year, $26.9 billion has been requested for drinking water and another $55.3 billion forRead More

Coalition pushes Congress to reinstate advance refunded bonds

Coalition pushes Congress to reinstate advance refunded bonds

May 7, 2018 at 11:50 am 0 comments

Last week, water sector organizations joined a broad coalition of stakeholders asking members of Congress to support legislation to reinstate the ability of communities to issue tax-free advance refunded bonds, several months after the new tax reform bill eliminated this cost-saving option. Water groups participating in the coalition’s efforts includeRead More

What’s Next for Federal Clean Water Initiatives?

What’s Next for Federal Clean Water Initiatives?

April 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

By Kristina Surfus The past year has been both an exciting and frustrating time for following federal clean water initiatives. This is particularly true for advocates of a strong federal funding partnership for clean water, like the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The 2016 election season, which placedRead More

EPA announces new funding for water infrastructure projects

EPA announces new funding for water infrastructure projects

April 9, 2018 at 7:10 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of funding that could provide as much as $5.5 billion in loans, which could leverage over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submitRead More

AWWA applauds doubling of WIFIA funding

AWWA applauds doubling of WIFIA funding

April 2, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

The American Water Works Association is commending U.S. Congress and the Administration of President Donald Trump for more than doubling the funding for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and bolstering the Drinking Water State Loan Fund (DWSRF) through the omnibus spending bill. WIFIA received $63 million – up fromRead More

Water groups urge WIFIA reauthorization in 2018

Water groups urge WIFIA reauthorization in 2018

March 12, 2018 at 12:34 pm 0 comments

The American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) submitted a joint letter last week to House of Representatives committee leaders urging support for legislation to reauthorize EPA’s WIFIA program. The groups also expressed concerns about another bill that wouldRead More

NACWA supports Senate Dems’ infrastructure plan

NACWA supports Senate Dems’ infrastructure plan

March 12, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

In March, Democrats in the Senate released a $1 trillion plan to invest in America’s infrastructure — a plan in which the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) says clean water occupies a well-deserved front-and-center position in the infrastructure conversation. Specifically, the plan would provide $115 billion in federalRead More

AGC of America: Trade tariffs could slow construction spending

AGC of America: Trade tariffs could slow construction spending

March 5, 2018 at 1:22 pm 0 comments

Construction spending in January was unchanged from December and was moderately higher than in January 2017, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC of America). However, association officials said further gains, especially in desperately needed infrastructure investment, would be in jeopardy ifRead More

Proposed EPA cuts could slash WIFIA in FY19; SRF funding maintained

Proposed EPA cuts could slash WIFIA in FY19; SRF funding maintained

February 19, 2018 at 11:12 am 0 comments

In the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies’ Monday Morning Briefing on water infrastructure news, the water organization representing drinking water utilities says the U.S. EPA’s total budget would be cut by roughly one quarter under President Donald Trump’s FY19 budget request sent to Congress last week. Budget documents for FY19 showRead More

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