Rates & Affordability

Water sector commends Congress for relief in appropriations package

Water sector commends Congress for relief in appropriations package

January 4, 2021 at 10:22 am 0 comments

Congress recently released the Fiscal Year 2021 Consolidated Appropriations bill. The legislation contains a provision to create the first ever Low-Income Household Drinking Water and Wastewater Emergency Assistance Program with $638 million in appropriations – an historic win for water accessibility and the first appropriation of its kind for water assistance.Read More

How Will Water Affordability be Defined for the Next 20 Years?

How Will Water Affordability be Defined for the Next 20 Years?

December 9, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The EPA has a chance to listen and implement water industry leaders’ recommendations on affordability using new data, methods, metrics and digital technologies. Here’s a review of submitted comments to the EPA on its proposed affordability guidance updates.  By Greg Baird In the United States, the water affordability paradigm isRead More

WF&M Conversations: Talking rate setting, rate maintenance and communication with Waterworth’s JP Joly

WF&M Conversations: Talking rate setting, rate maintenance and communication with Waterworth’s JP Joly

September 29, 2020 at 9:45 am 0 comments

While water and wastewater utilities are frequently tasked with a meeting multitude of operational standards, they also regularly tackle financial challenges that can have enormous economic ramifications to the public. With this in mind, how often should utilities look to raise rates? Can annual rate maintenance be done in a moreRead More

Water associations react to EPA’s affordability guidance update

Water associations react to EPA’s affordability guidance update

September 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

The American Water Works Association (AWWA), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) are applauding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the pre-publication release of its proposed 2020 Financial Capability Assessment (FCA). The new document will aid water sector utilities and theirRead More

Orange County saves ratepayers money with WIFIA loan update

Orange County saves ratepayers money with WIFIA loan update

September 8, 2020 at 10:45 am 0 comments

Joined by leadership from the Orange County Water District (OCWD; Water District) and Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD; Sanitation District), U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently toured the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS), where he announced a joint effort that will save ratepayers $79.4 million. Officials from EPARead More

Register for the Virtual Water Finance Conference!

Register for the Virtual Water Finance Conference!

September 8, 2020 at 6:01 am 0 comments

The 2020 Water Finance Conference, being presented in a virtual format in September, will touch on a range of topics in the water utility finance space including rate setting, customer affordability short- and long-term financial planning, revenue recovery through technology, financing unfunded regulatory mandates and privatization and consolidation. The sixth annualRead More

Financial Report: Addressing Water Equity in a Time of Rising Costs

Financial Report: Addressing Water Equity in a Time of Rising Costs

August 24, 2020 at 9:50 am 0 comments

By Josh Ellis & Dan Cooper Even before COVID-19 hit our country, water affordability has been a growing concern. From 2010 to 2019, the price of water service increased by 57 percent in 30 major U.S. cities. Meanwhile, millions of Americans have their water shutoff every year due to an inabilityRead More

Rate Reviews & Long-Term Financial Planning: Lessons from COVID-19

Rate Reviews & Long-Term Financial Planning: Lessons from COVID-19

August 3, 2020 at 10:10 am 0 comments

By JP Joly With the multitude of challenges the world has faced in 2020, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact, many water utilities are rethinking their approach to rate reviews and long-term financial planning. As both residential and CII customers look for rate relief and/or paymentRead More

Virtual Water Finance Conference to cover utility rates, affordability, revenue recovery

Virtual Water Finance Conference to cover utility rates, affordability, revenue recovery

August 3, 2020 at 9:12 am 0 comments

September 8, 10, 15 & 17 The 2020 Water Finance Conference, which will be presented in a virtual format this September, will touch on a range of topics in the water utility finance space including rate setting, customer affordability short- and long-term financial planning, revenue recovery through technology, financing unfunded regulatoryRead More

EPA releases financial impact tool for water utilities

EPA releases financial impact tool for water utilities

July 9, 2020 at 10:03 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new tool to help water utilities assess the financial impact of COVID-19 on operations. Throughout the COVID-19 national health emergency — and as communities across the country reopen — water utilities have reliably provided safe drinking water and critical wastewater services.Read More