Rates & Affordability

Stimulus package excludes financial relief for water sector

Stimulus package excludes financial relief for water sector

March 30, 2020 at 10:09 am 0 comments

Congress released a massive stimulus package last week that was signed by President Donald Trump amid the COVID-19 pandemic that could have serious economic ramifications both in the United States and around the globe. The bill included significant funding for a variety of private industries, but direct financial relief for theRead More

Lawmakers propose banning delinquent water shutoffs during coronavirus shutdown

Lawmakers propose banning delinquent water shutoffs during coronavirus shutdown

March 16, 2020 at 11:18 am 0 comments

A group of Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives has written to congressional leaders recommending the federal government impose a nationwide moratorium on water service disconnections until the COVID-19 crisis has subsided. The request came in the form of a March 11 letter sent to House and Senate leaders byRead More

Financial Report: Serving the Community through Data-Driven Decisions

Financial Report: Serving the Community through Data-Driven Decisions

February 18, 2020 at 9:27 am 0 comments

By Glenn Barnes Water systems exist to serve their communities. But do the water system’s rate structure, prices, and policies align with community values? The annual rate process is an opportunity to measure this. Every year, water systems should calculate the annual cost of providing water service today and intoRead More

Sewerball: The Art of Managing Storm and Wastewater Using Data

Sewerball: The Art of Managing Storm and Wastewater Using Data

February 10, 2020 at 6:30 am 0 comments

By Greg Quist Stormwater and sanitary sewer systems may be some of the least technologically sophisticated systems in the utility’s arsenal. Most often, these systems are gravity-based and out of sight. As a result, operational assessments are limited to the occasional visual inspection when an operator lifts a manhole toRead More

Water Utilities, Climate Change, Bond Ratings and Insurance: Connections and Implications

Water Utilities, Climate Change, Bond Ratings and Insurance: Connections and Implications

February 7, 2020 at 1:30 pm 0 comments

By Erica Brown The managers of two large utilities recently remarked to me that in recent discussions with bond rating agencies, the questions that arose about climate change dove much deeper than in recent memory. In both cases, rating agencies wanted to know specifically about what climate related risks theRead More

LAST CALL! Call for speakers for 2020 Water Finance Conference

LAST CALL! Call for speakers for 2020 Water Finance Conference

January 8, 2020 at 8:42 am 0 comments

Organizers of the 2020 Water Finance Conference are looking for speakers for its sixth annual event to be held August 19-20 in Washington, D.C. The Water Finance Conference is aimed at gathering executive-level utility professionals, including directors, superintendents, CEOs, CFOs and finance managers with consultants, financial advisors, lawyers and serviceRead More

Setting Stormwater Rates Using Machine Learning

Setting Stormwater Rates Using Machine Learning

December 18, 2019 at 11:39 am 0 comments

City of Mineral Wells, Texas, Uses Image Classification in Stormwater Rate Study By Tak Makino The City of Mineral Wells, Texas, is a community of approximately 15,000 people west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The city has experienced numerous floods in recent years, including significant damage in the 2015 Memorial DayRead More

US Water Alliance releases report on U.S. water access challenges

US Water Alliance releases report on U.S. water access challenges

November 25, 2019 at 9:24 am 0 comments

The US Water Alliance has released a new report in partnership with DigDeep and Michigan State University focusing on water access, titled Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States: A National Action Plan. Over the last three years, the US Water Alliance has been working to understand howRead More

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