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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

EPA to host webinar on WIFIA application

EPA to host webinar on WIFIA application

March 6, 2017 at 11:07 am 0 comments

Water utility officials interested in learning more about the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) pilot program will have the opportunity to participate in an EPA webinar detailing the application process this week. Scheduled for 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 7, the “WIFIA Letter of Interest Submission andRead More

Bucks, Bonds or Borrowing

Bucks, Bonds or Borrowing

March 1, 2017 at 10:27 am 0 comments

Bucks, Bonds or Borrowing By David Clamage Welcome to 2017 – a year that’s certain to be filled with change for you and your business of delivering, treating and addressing the water needs of your community. Politics, as always, will play a role in your decision making as well asRead More

Report details risk of eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds

Report details risk of eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds

February 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm 0 comments

According to a new estimate developed by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds would increase water and wastewater infrastructure financing costs by $16 billion nationwide over a 30-year repayment period. The latest figures represent an updateRead More

Senate Dems float $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan

Senate Dems float $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan

January 30, 2017 at 7:30 am 1 comment

Water and wastewater infrastructure funding programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would receive an additional $110 billion over the next 10 years as part of a massive $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan unveiled by Senate Democrats in January.  A Blueprint to RebuildRead More

EPA awards $12.7 million to small water, wastewater systems

EPA awards $12.7 million to small water, wastewater systems

January 17, 2017 at 1:53 pm 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $12.7 million in grants to help small drinking and wastewater systems and private well owners. Water systems staff will receive training and technical assistance to improve operations and management practices, promote system sustainability and better protect public health and the environment. “EnsuringRead More

EPA launches WIFIA, $1 billion in loans available

EPA launches WIFIA, $1 billion in loans available

January 10, 2017 at 5:14 pm 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of approximately $1 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. EPA’s WIFIA program will provide long-term, low-cost credit assistance in the form of direct loans and loan guaranteesRead More

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