Rates & Affordability

Balance the Fund with ‘Customer Conversations’

Balance the Fund with ‘Customer Conversations’

April 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm 0 comments

Albuquerque Uses Customer Outreach to Gain Deeper Insights into Infrastructure Needs, Conservation and Rate Increases By Frank Roth & Carol Malesky As many utilities look to implement water conservation programs in order to address drought and water shortfalls, the challenge of maintaining a utility’s fund balances becomes more prevalent. AsRead More

Report details risk of eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds

Report details risk of eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds

February 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm 0 comments

According to a new estimate developed by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds would increase water and wastewater infrastructure financing costs by $16 billion nationwide over a 30-year repayment period. The latest figures represent an updateRead More

Affordability Programs for Water Utilities

Affordability Programs for Water Utilities

February 8, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 comment

  Customer Assistance Programs Integrated Into Business Processes Can Help Struggling Ratepayers Stay Afloat By Neil Grigg Rate increases by water utilities are needed to sustain high quality services, but their impacts on low-income customers are a major cause of concern. In some communities, these concerns can fly under theRead More

2017 Water Finance Conference heading to Milwaukee

2017 Water Finance Conference heading to Milwaukee

December 19, 2016 at 12:57 pm 0 comments

The 2017 Water Finance Conference will head to Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 28-29, for the 3rd annual event highlighting innovative financing approaches in the municipal water sector. The event will be held at the Harley-Davidson Museum® near downtown Milwaukee. In each of the past two years, the Water Finance Conference has gatheredRead More

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Water Research Foundation publishes infrastructure funding report

December 19, 2016 at 11:32 am 0 comments

The Water Research Foundation (WRF), a leading sponsor of innovative research supporting the water community, has published a new report to help utilities assess several new and emerging capital financing alternatives. The report indicates that while the new capital funding options may help, utilities still need sufficient and sustained revenueRead More

NACWA Winter Conference to highlight affordability, innovation

NACWA Winter Conference to highlight affordability, innovation

December 12, 2016 at 10:00 am 0 comments

The 2017 Winter Conference of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) will gather clean water professionals, regulators, key stakeholders and thought leaders to explore the balancing act among compliance, innovation and affordability. The 2017 Winter Conference, scheduled for Feb. 4-7 in Tampa, Fla., will be co-located with theRead More

Kim Colson: 2016 Water Finance & Management Award Winner

Kim Colson: 2016 Water Finance & Management Award Winner

December 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

The Master Planner The Managerial Maestro Behind North Carolina’s Innovative Water Financing Model By Andrew Farr   Kim Colson doesn’t ask for attention and he doesn’t want to be singled out. He’s at the center of a program that exemplifies innovation in water financing, yet he modestly maintains that for himRead More

Utility leaders, finance professionals connect at second annual Water Finance Conference

Utility leaders, finance professionals connect at second annual Water Finance Conference

September 12, 2016 at 10:45 am 0 comments

The 2016 Water Finance Conference has announced the agenda for its second annual event being held Aug. 30-31 at the Denver Athletic Club in downtown Denver, Colorado.

The Southern Delivery System began operations in April 2016 and features 50 miles of predominantly 66-in. pipeline.

How Colorado Springs Funded Its Landmark Southern Delivery System

August 12, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Signed, Sealed & Delivered By John Fredell & Bill Cherrier Everybody likes saving money – especially on critical infrastructure projects paid for by the public. The Southern Delivery System (SDS) — which began operation earlier this year — is the largest infrastructure project put into service at one time in theRead More

Report: Flint Water Rates Rapidly Increasing

Report: Flint Water Rates Rapidly Increasing

July 25, 2016 at 12:39 pm 0 comments

According to a report by The Detroit News, residents of Flint, Mich., could see their water rates double in the next five years. Flint, a city known for being economically depressed and for its ongoing water crisis due to lead in drinking water, is already hampered with some of theRead More

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