Rates & Affordability

Inflationary Pressures Ease for U.S. Water Utilities; Regulatory Policy Looms Large in 2024

Inflationary Pressures Ease for U.S. Water Utilities; Regulatory Policy Looms Large in 2024

February 12, 2024 at 7:35 am 0 comments

| By Audra Dickinson U.S. water utilities are entering a calmer environment in 2024 as the rate of inflation continues to level off, so much so that Fitch Ratings has moved its sector outlook to neutral from deteriorating. Much of the improved picture is drivenRead More

Water Finance Conference coming to The Water Tower in 2024

Water Finance Conference coming to The Water Tower in 2024

February 5, 2024 at 7:05 am 0 comments

The Water Tower Global Innovation Hub in Buford, Georgia, will host 10th annual event for CFOs, finance professionals Aug. 6-7 The Water Finance Conference, a two-day educational seminar for water utility finance executives, will host its 2024 event Aug. 6-7 at The Water Tower Global InnovationRead More

From the Finance Department

From the Finance Department

December 11, 2023 at 6:35 am 0 comments

Utility Finance Executives Weigh In On Resilience, Affordability, Digital Transformation & More Editor’s Note: Following the conclusion of our 2023 Water Finance Conference in Cleveland, our longtime contributor and colleague Greg Baird, a former water utility CFO and now principal consultant with Black & VeatchRead More

Bluefield report examines average monthly water, sewer charges across U.S.

Bluefield report examines average monthly water, sewer charges across U.S.

December 6, 2023 at 10:47 am 0 comments

According to a new report from Bluefield Research, the combined water and sewer bill for a typical U.S. household has increased by 56% since 2012, or 4.2% annually. The report is Bluefield’s U.S. Municipal Water & Sewer: Annual Utility Rate Index, 2023, an annual report thatRead More

Call for Speakers! 2024 Water Finance Conference

Call for Speakers! 2024 Water Finance Conference

December 4, 2023 at 6:00 am 0 comments

10th annual event seeking expert presentations on water rate setting, affordability programs, BIL funding, regulatory issues, more RICHFIELD, OHIO — Organizers of the 2024 Water Finance Conference are looking for speakers for its 10th annual event to be held Aug. 6-7 in Buford, Georgia, at The WaterRead More

AMWA, other sector orgs support continued LIHWAP funding

AMWA, other sector orgs support continued LIHWAP funding

October 19, 2023 at 10:24 am 0 comments

The Association of Metropolitan of Water Agencies (AMWA) recently joined more than 150 national, state and local organizations in writing to congressional leaders to express strong support for continued funding for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) at Department of Health and Human Services inRead More

2023 Water Finance Conference to convene CFOs, utility finance experts in Cleveland this week

2023 Water Finance Conference to convene CFOs, utility finance experts in Cleveland this week

July 6, 2023 at 8:38 am 0 comments

9th annual event to feature expert presentations and discussions around water/wastewater utility finance, customer affordability, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Lead and Copper Rule Revisions, and much more The 2023 Water Finance Conference, an educational seminar exclusively for water utility finance professionals, is returning to Cleveland, Ohio,Read More

3M to pay at least $10.3 billion as major PFAS settlement reached

3M to pay at least $10.3 billion as major PFAS settlement reached

June 26, 2023 at 11:00 am 0 comments

Chemical manufacturing company 3M announced it has agreed to pay at least $10.3 billion in lawsuit settlements over contamination of water systems from PFAS, harmful chemical compounds the water sector has been cracking down on. If approved by the court, it would be the largestRead More

2023 Water Finance Conference to include Cleveland Water, NEORSD site visits

2023 Water Finance Conference to include Cleveland Water, NEORSD site visits

June 19, 2023 at 8:00 am 0 comments

As part of the 2023 Water Finance Conference, Aug. 8-9 in Cleveland, Ohio, attendees will have the opportunity to tour Cleveland Water’s Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant and visit the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s (NEORSD) nearby Superior Avenue Pump Station. Cleveland Water’s GarrettRead More

Associations urge Congress to prioritize affordability, build on LIHWAP program

Associations urge Congress to prioritize affordability, build on LIHWAP program

April 24, 2023 at 9:49 am 0 comments

Recommendations Include Establishment of Permanent Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Program at HHS Five water sector organizations joined forces today to release a new report on the growing water affordability concern for low-income Americans and call for a permanent program to address the challenge. The AmericanRead More