Public Utility Finance

NACWA: Now Is the Time to Advance Clean Water Infrastructure

NACWA: Now Is the Time to Advance Clean Water Infrastructure

April 15, 2019 at 11:15 am 0 comments

By Jason Isakovic Public clean water sewer and stormwater services are an aspect of everyday life that often goes unnoticed by the hundreds of millions of Americans that depend on them. These essential services provide communities throughout the country, both small and large, the ability to ensure homes, businesses, hospitals, andRead More

Cash Reserves Pt. 2: Capital Reserves, Debt Service & Rate Stabilization Reserves

Cash Reserves Pt. 2: Capital Reserves, Debt Service & Rate Stabilization Reserves

April 8, 2019 at 12:09 pm 0 comments

By Andy McCartney Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a two-part series on cash reserves for water utilities. As mentioned in the first article on operating reserves, cash reserves are required to meet the operational, maintenance and capital needs of the utility while providing a necessary service 24Read More

Call for speakers extended for 2019 Water Finance Conference

Call for speakers extended for 2019 Water Finance Conference

March 4, 2019 at 3:36 pm 0 comments

The deadline to submit an abstract for the 2019 Water Finance Conference is being extended to March 22. The 2019 event will be the fifth year for the Water Finance Conference and will be held Aug. 21-22 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Water Finance Conference is aimedRead More

Pricing California’s Water During the Drought: Can Rate Structures Provide an Incentive for Conservation?

Pricing California’s Water During the Drought: Can Rate Structures Provide an Incentive for Conservation?

February 20, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

By Jeff Hughes, Shadi Eskaf & Liz Harvell The relationship between water pricing and water use is more nuanced than basic economic theory on supply and demand suggests. That’s what the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (EFC) found in a recent study on waterRead More

Enhancing Your Utility’s Long-Term Financial Sustainability & Resilience through Cash Reserves

Enhancing Your Utility’s Long-Term Financial Sustainability & Resilience through Cash Reserves

February 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm 0 comments

By Andy McCartney Personal financial advisors often recommend that families should have enough money in an emergency fund to cover at least three to six months of living expenses. Corporations such as Microsoft, General Electric and Home Depot maintain excess operating funds for their own business reasons. Why should waterRead More

Orange County gets GFOA award for transparency, budgeting practices

Orange County gets GFOA award for transparency, budgeting practices

February 11, 2019 at 12:07 pm 0 comments

As a public agency, being open and transparent is a primary goal for the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD). These goals were recently rewarded when OCSD was acknowledged for its 2018 transparency efforts and budgeting process by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). For the 22nd consecutive year, OCSD hasRead More

Water sector urges Congress to prioritize water in coming year

Water sector urges Congress to prioritize water in coming year

January 28, 2019 at 11:27 am 0 comments

In January, water sector organizations including the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) joined nearly 100 other national and regional organizations in sending a letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership. The groups urged lawmakers to incorporate drinking and clean water funding into anyRead More

New data suggests regulated water companies deliver higher quality water than publicly-run systems

New data suggests regulated water companies deliver higher quality water than publicly-run systems

January 16, 2019 at 6:00 am 0 comments

An expanded analysis of the largest and most comprehensive study conducted on Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) compliance suggests that community water systems owned by regulated water companies are less likely to violate the SDWA than water systems owned and run by local governments. The new analysis was funded byRead More

Rate Structuring & Steering the Conversation from Skepticism to Acceptance

Rate Structuring & Steering the Conversation from Skepticism to Acceptance

January 7, 2019 at 12:27 pm 0 comments

By Prabha Kumar The ethos and expectations of the utility management, the administration, the rate-approving body and the ratepayers intersect during every utility’s rate setting and approval process. Municipal utilities, municipal authorities and investor-owned utilities that head down the rate setting path all need to effectively address a myriad of interestsRead More

AlexRenew CEO Karen Pallansch: WF&M’s 2018 Award Winner

AlexRenew CEO Karen Pallansch: WF&M’s 2018 Award Winner

December 17, 2018 at 8:39 am 0 comments

Karen Pallansch, CEO of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, is the 2018 Water Finance & Management Award Winner By Andrew Farr It doesn’t take long to conclude that Karen Pallansch is passionate about water. What she’s even more passionate about is working alongside operators, engineers, plant managers and countless others who sheRead More