Public Utility Finance

Senate hearing avoids SRF WIN details, AMWA says

Senate hearing avoids SRF WIN details, AMWA says

July 17, 2018 at 12:26 pm 0 comments

According to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) in its Monday Morning Briefing for July 16, things got heated on Capitol Hill last week when supporters of the proposed SRF WIN Act clashed with committee members over the bill during a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing. AccordingRead More

Water Finance Conference welcomes Bateson as 2018 keynote speaker

Water Finance Conference welcomes Bateson as 2018 keynote speaker

July 17, 2018 at 11:20 am 0 comments

Nicolette N. Bateson, CPA, chief financial officer (CFO) and treasurer of the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) will serve as the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Water Finance Conference to be held Aug. 28-29 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. The keynote address will take place during aRead More

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