Rates & Affordability

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

NACWA’s Cost of Clean Water Index indicates increase in 2019

NACWA’s Cost of Clean Water Index indicates increase in 2019

June 22, 2020 at 7:58 am 0 comments

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ (NACWA) 2019 Cost of Clean Water Index, released May 29, indicates that the average cost of wastewater services rose 3.8 percent in 2019, more than doubling the rate of inflation over the same period. The national average cost for wastewater services for a single-familyRead More

Water sector asks Senate for aid in next relief package

Water sector asks Senate for aid in next relief package

June 22, 2020 at 7:50 am 0 comments

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), two organizations representing municipally-owned utilities, recently asked Senate leaders to include public sector aid in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. Pointing to estimates that drinking water and wastewater systems could lose as muchRead More

2020 Water Finance Conference shifts to virtual format

2020 Water Finance Conference shifts to virtual format

June 17, 2020 at 6:35 am 0 comments

The 2020 Water Finance Conference is shifting to a virtual format. The sixth annual event, which exclusively covers financing in the U.S. water utility sector, was originally scheduled for Aug. 19-20 in Washington, D.C. Due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the event will now present two-hour online sessionsRead More

City of Laredo Modernizes Its Asset Management System

City of Laredo Modernizes Its Asset Management System

June 9, 2020 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Travis Michel The City of Laredo, Texas, has an extensive water and wastewater infrastructure system comprising more than 2000 miles of pipelines, two water treatment plants, six wastewater treatment plants, 75 lift stations, 19 storage tanks and booster stations, and greater than 12,000 manholes. Over the years, the cityRead More

Dems’ HEROES Act includes billions for utility, ratepayer assistance

Dems’ HEROES Act includes billions for utility, ratepayer assistance

May 13, 2020 at 9:13 am 0 comments

Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday released the HEROES Act, the latest proposed relief package to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic challenges resulting from it. The proposal includes $1.5 billion in funding for water ratepayer assistance to help struggling households pay their water andRead More

WSSC cuts more than $131 million in FY21 budget

WSSC cuts more than $131 million in FY21 budget

May 11, 2020 at 10:14 am 0 comments

The Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils recently met to approve WSSC Water’s nearly $1.5 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget. The approved budget will allow WSSC Water to continue protecting public health by upgrading aging pipes, plants and pumps across both counties to ensure safe, clean drinking water continuesRead More

WATCH: George Hawkins, Andy Kricun and Greg Baird join WF&M to talk pandemic, water outlook

WATCH: George Hawkins, Andy Kricun and Greg Baird join WF&M to talk pandemic, water outlook

May 4, 2020 at 10:44 am 0 comments

Water Finance & Management recently talked with George Hawkins, founder of Moonshot Missions, Andy Kricun, managing director at Moonshot Missions and Greg Baird, frequent contributor to WF&M and president of the Water Finance Research Foundation. The discussion largely focused on the financial and operational outlook for the water/wastewater sector amid theRead More

Cal Water wants rate changes delayed until 2021

Cal Water wants rate changes delayed until 2021

May 1, 2020 at 11:35 am 0 comments

California Water Service Group announced that its California subsidiary, California Water Service (Cal Water), has requested that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) delay upcoming rate changes due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, and has committed to deferring other bill increases during 2020. In a motion filed April 28, 2020Read More

Pandemic & The Future: From Darkness to the Light in the Water Sector

Pandemic & The Future: From Darkness to the Light in the Water Sector

April 30, 2020 at 10:07 am 0 comments

By George S. Hawkins & Andy Kricun Throughout history, great challenges often reveal the best in human spirit and ingenuity. At Moonshot Missions, we believe the impact of the coronavirus pandemic upon on the water industry will be matched by the indomitable spirit and creativity of water leaders. Solutions adopted byRead More