Rates & Affordability

Tech Perspectives: Remote Shutoff Capabilities Help Make Water Utilities More Resilient

Tech Perspectives: Remote Shutoff Capabilities Help Make Water Utilities More Resilient

June 14, 2022 at 8:30 am 0 comments

By Trey Overman Many factors come into play that help make water utilities and the communities they serve more resilient. Using the right technology, they can enhance service, create operational efficiencies and improve their bottom line. All through the careful and remotely managed flow of water. Utilities using smart waterRead More

Water Finance Conference returning to Washington, D.C., in August

Water Finance Conference returning to Washington, D.C., in August

June 8, 2022 at 1:15 pm 0 comments

Registration now open for 8th annual event; Early bird registration ends July 15 The eighth annual Water Finance Conference will be returning to the nation’s capital this summer, Aug. 17-18, 2022, at the Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill Hotel. The agenda will be released in the coming weeks and registration is nowRead More

J.D. Power: Customer satisfaction with water utilities sees decline

J.D. Power: Customer satisfaction with water utilities sees decline

May 4, 2022 at 10:43 am 0 comments

The six-year streak of improving or flat customer satisfaction with residential water utilities has come to an end. According to the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, recently released, the past several years of goodwill earned through investment in water quality, proactive customer communications and digital customerRead More

Water sector: EPA’s proposed Financial Capability Guidance “falls well short” on affordability, environmental justice

Water sector: EPA’s proposed Financial Capability Guidance “falls well short” on affordability, environmental justice

May 2, 2022 at 2:14 pm 0 comments

In April, associations representing the U.S. water utility sector submitted comments to EPA in response to its draft of the proposed Financial Capability Assessment Guidance, in which several groups said the agency’s proposal “falls well short” of meeting the purpose of the revision of the guidance. The proposed guidance outlinesRead More

FY23 budget proposal would expand drinking  water funds, affordability assistance

FY23 budget proposal would expand drinking water funds, affordability assistance

April 4, 2022 at 8:34 am 0 comments

The FY23 budget request released by the White House would boost EPA spending to $11.9 billion in 2023, (an increase from $9.56 billion in FY22), while providing full funding for a new drinking water system resilience program long championed by the drinking water sector and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA).Read More

Call for Speakers! Water Finance Conference returning to Washington, D.C. for 8th annual event

Call for Speakers! Water Finance Conference returning to Washington, D.C. for 8th annual event

February 7, 2022 at 5:50 am 0 comments

Organizers of the 2022 Water Finance Conference are looking for speakers for its eight annual event to be held Aug. 17-18 in Washington, D.C. Please email your 200-word abstract by March 19, 2022. The Water Finance Conference convenes executive-level utility professionals, including directors, superintendents, CEOs, CFOs and finance managers with consultants, financial advisors, legalRead More

WF&M Conversations: Capital Planning Pain Points with Waterworth Founder JP Joly

WF&M Conversations: Capital Planning Pain Points with Waterworth Founder JP Joly

February 3, 2022 at 9:25 am 0 comments

In our first edition of Water Finance & Management Conversations for 2022, we welcome back JP Joly, founder of Waterworth, a cloud-based platform that enables water and wastewater utilities to optimize their water rates and save for infrastructure upgrades. Joly has more than 15 years of experience working with waterRead More

Fitch: Challenges Ahead for Utilities, But Not Enough to Weaken Ratings

Fitch: Challenges Ahead for Utilities, But Not Enough to Weaken Ratings

December 22, 2021 at 6:00 am 0 comments

By Doug Scott U.S. water and sewer utilities will see some weakening in their financial profiles over the next several months, effectively reversing a trend of steadily declining leverage in recent years as utilities limited the rate of debt growth and posted robust operating margins. Part of the reason forRead More

Thinking Regionally, Thinking Big: Ted Henifin, 2021 WF&M Award Winner

Thinking Regionally, Thinking Big: Ted Henifin, 2021 WF&M Award Winner

December 13, 2021 at 10:16 am 1 comment

When you think about examples of great innovation, it’s easy to think about things like modern technology. The smart phone. Steve Jobs. A bold vision to change the status quo with a groundbreaking product or service. In the water/wastewater utility sector, that same kind of long-term, innovative vision for groundbreakingRead More

Raftelis acquires Westin Technology Solutions

Raftelis acquires Westin Technology Solutions

November 17, 2021 at 1:25 pm 0 comments

Raftelis has announced it acquired Westin Technology Solutions on Nov. 1. The company says the acquisition will enhance its focus on the effective use of business technologies including utility billing and work and asset management optimization. “Adding Westin’s expertise in utility asset and customer management technologies complements what we alreadyRead More