Rates & Affordability

Biden signs COVID stimulus including water affordability program funding

Biden signs COVID stimulus including water affordability program funding

March 12, 2021 at 10:16 am 0 comments

President Joe Biden on Friday signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act, legislation to deliver additional COVID-19 relief that contains $500 million in assistance for low-income clean water customers and support for critical water and sewer investments. This water assistance funding comes in addition to the initial $638 million providedRead More

Raftelis hires new chief economist

Raftelis hires new chief economist

March 8, 2021 at 6:55 am 0 comments

Steven McDonald has joined Raftelis as our Chief Economist to lead our new valuation and economic impact analysis services. He was formerly with CSG Economics at GAI Consultants. Valuation services and economic impact analyses have been top of mind for many Raftelis clients as they navigate the challenges of aRead More

Water sector applauds House leadership for affordability program boost

Water sector applauds House leadership for affordability program boost

March 1, 2021 at 10:36 am 0 comments

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act, legislation to deliver additional COVID-19 relief that contains $500 million for low-income water utility bill assistance. This new funding for low-income water assistance comes in addition to the initial $638 million provided in the December 2020 FY21 ConsolidatedRead More

NACWA says funding for federal affordability program “nowhere near” needed levels

NACWA says funding for federal affordability program “nowhere near” needed levels

February 12, 2021 at 4:47 pm 0 comments

Last week the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee marked up its contribution to the next COVID-19 relief bill last week. Included was an additional $500 million for the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Program administered by Health and Human Services, bringing the potential total amount for low-income water assistanceRead More

The Conundrum of Water Affordability: What’s at Stake?

The Conundrum of Water Affordability: What’s at Stake?

February 8, 2021 at 10:01 am 0 comments

By Ann Bui, Mike Orth & Bruce Allender The U.S. water industry has worked hard in recent years to remind people that potable water is not free. Procuring, treating, and distributing water is costly, and utilities need to cover their costs to make sure customers have safe drinking water, delivered at adequate pressureRead More

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