Rates & Affordability

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

Register for the Virtual Water Finance Conference!

Register for the Virtual Water Finance Conference!

September 8, 2020 at 6:01 am 0 comments

The 2020 Water Finance Conference, being presented in a virtual format in September, will touch on a range of topics in the water utility finance space including rate setting, customer affordability short- and long-term financial planning, revenue recovery through technology, financing unfunded regulatory mandates and privatization and consolidation. The sixth annualRead More

Financial Report: Addressing Water Equity in a Time of Rising Costs

Financial Report: Addressing Water Equity in a Time of Rising Costs

August 24, 2020 at 9:50 am 0 comments

By Josh Ellis & Dan Cooper Even before COVID-19 hit our country, water affordability has been a growing concern. From 2010 to 2019, the price of water service increased by 57 percent in 30 major U.S. cities. Meanwhile, millions of Americans have their water shutoff every year due to an inabilityRead More

Rate Reviews & Long-Term Financial Planning: Lessons from COVID-19

Rate Reviews & Long-Term Financial Planning: Lessons from COVID-19

August 3, 2020 at 10:10 am 0 comments

By JP Joly With the multitude of challenges the world has faced in 2020, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact, many water utilities are rethinking their approach to rate reviews and long-term financial planning. As both residential and CII customers look for rate relief and/or paymentRead More

Virtual Water Finance Conference to cover utility rates, affordability, revenue recovery

Virtual Water Finance Conference to cover utility rates, affordability, revenue recovery

August 3, 2020 at 9:12 am 0 comments

September 8, 10, 15 & 17 The 2020 Water Finance Conference, which will be presented in a virtual format this September, will touch on a range of topics in the water utility finance space including rate setting, customer affordability short- and long-term financial planning, revenue recovery through technology, financing unfunded regulatoryRead More

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