Rates & Affordability

Water sector briefs Congress, EPA on new affordability strategy

Water sector briefs Congress, EPA on new affordability strategy

September 9, 2019 at 10:01 am 0 comments

During meetings on Capitol Hill and at EPA in late August, the lead authors of the joint NACWA, American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF) report, Developing a New Framework for Household Affordability and Financial Capability Assessment in the Water Sector, provided background on a proposed new approachRead More

Can Water Utilities Fix Aging Infrastructure Without Destroying Customer Satisfaction?

Can Water Utilities Fix Aging Infrastructure Without Destroying Customer Satisfaction?

August 26, 2019 at 9:30 am 0 comments

By Andrew Heath It’s no secret that the United States is facing a water infrastructure crisis of epic proportions. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that $473 billion in drinking water infrastructure investment will be needed over the next 20 years as aging pipes and storage facilities require upgrades andRead More

5th Annual Water Finance Conference Welcomes Sonny Popowsky as Keynote Speaker

5th Annual Water Finance Conference Welcomes Sonny Popowsky as Keynote Speaker

July 11, 2019 at 1:44 pm 0 comments

Philadelphia’s water rate board chair and former Pennsylvania consumer advocate to discuss rate setting, affordability challenges Irwin A. “Sonny” Popowsky, chair of the City of Philadelphia’s Water, Sewer & Storm Water Rate Board, will kick off the fifth annual Water Finance Conference as the keynote speaker on the morning ofRead More

‘Intelligent water’ could save U.S water utilities $17.6 billion, report says

‘Intelligent water’ could save U.S water utilities $17.6 billion, report says

June 19, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

According to a new report by Arcadis and Bluefield Research, intelligent water can address two of the biggest challenges facing the U.S. water utility sector today: affordability and resilience. “The research indicates that only 21 percent of utilities feel they are fully able to cover costs of service,” said Eric Bindler, researchRead More

Raftelis acquires Public Resources Management Group, Inc.

Raftelis acquires Public Resources Management Group, Inc.

June 18, 2019 at 9:11 am 0 comments

Charlotte-based water and wastewater consultancy Raftelis, announced it has acquired Public Resources Management Group, Inc. (PRMG), a similar firm, with a particularly strong presence in Florida and throughout the Southeast. PRMG adds to Raftelis’ portfolio additional expertise in the electric, natural gas, and solid waste markets.  They also have expertiseRead More

Water sector groups propose new affordability metric

Water sector groups propose new affordability metric

June 5, 2019 at 1:21 pm 0 comments

The American Water Works Association, National Association of Clean Water Agencies and Water Environment Federation have together produced a report that proposes a new approach for assessing community and household affordability for water services. The report, “Developing a New Framework for Household Affordability and Financial Capability Assessment in the Water Sector,” buildsRead More

AWWA: Rate survey shows increasing utility costs still driving up rates

AWWA: Rate survey shows increasing utility costs still driving up rates

May 13, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The American Water Works Association’s most recent Water and Wastewater Rate Survey reveals that average increases in drinking water and wastewater charges continue to outpace the rise in the U.S. Consumer Price Index. The 2019 rate survey is now available here. Between the 2016 and 2018 surveys, charges increased 7.2 percent forRead 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