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EPA receives 67 new requests for WIFIA financing

EPA receives 67 new requests for WIFIA financing

November 23, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has received 67 letters of interest in response to the agency’s 2020 Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Notice of Funding Availability. A total of $9.2 billion was requested this year — the largest amount ever requested through the WIFIA program. “These lettersRead More

California water district, Sensus deploy smart utility network

California water district, Sensus deploy smart utility network

November 23, 2020 at 9:56 am 0 comments

Cyclical water shortages are a challenge that Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) takes seriously. As California’s sixth-largest retail water agency, they embrace the opportunity to balance water use efficiency with meeting the needs of a diverse and growing customer base. Located in western Riverside County, California, EMWD provides water andRead More

Water, wastewater investment firm Sylmar Group officially launches

Water, wastewater investment firm Sylmar Group officially launches

November 20, 2020 at 2:39 pm 0 comments

Sylmar Group, a company dedicated to investing in legacy operating water and wastewater services businesses, has announced its official launch following a successful capital raise. Founders Peter Brooks and Michael Warady bring decades of water industry experience to the mission of buying and operating great companies providing mission-critical water andRead More

Veolia North America acquires meter-reading company Energenix

Veolia North America acquires meter-reading company Energenix

November 19, 2020 at 9:45 am 0 comments

Representing a growth strategy focused on clean energy, Veolia North America, through its energy subsidiary, SourceOne Inc., has acquired Energenix, a Boston-based utility meter reading and billing service that provides services throughout Eastern Massachusetts. The acquisition makes Veolia North America the leading provider of meter reading and billing services inRead More

Senators propose level EPA funding for 2021, no WIFIA cuts

Senators propose level EPA funding for 2021, no WIFIA cuts

November 16, 2020 at 12:22 pm 0 comments

The U.S. EPA’s water infrastructure financing programs would be in line for approximately level funding next year under a plan for FY21 appropriations released by Senate Republicans last week. The funding proposal is detailed in the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies’ (AMWA) Nov. 16 Monday Morning Briefing. The Republicans’ proposal would provide EPA with just underRead More

The Key to Thwarting Non-Revenue Water? Understanding It

The Key to Thwarting Non-Revenue Water? Understanding It

November 16, 2020 at 11:33 am 0 comments

By Jeff McCracken Non-revenue water loss is among the biggest challenges facing the water industry and the world. Nearly one-third of all water, amounting to $39 billion annually, is lost before it ever reaches a customer, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan. Water scarcity will proliferate with the agingRead More

WF&M Conversations: 2TurnItOn’s Craig Boklage on water utility connection services

WF&M Conversations: 2TurnItOn’s Craig Boklage on water utility connection services

November 10, 2020 at 6:55 am 0 comments

Enrolling and connecting to a new utility service can be a hassle for customers. Lisewise, processing a large number of requests can also create a customer service challenge on the back end for cities, municipalities or utilities, both public and investor-owned. But new tools are available that can better helpRead More

AMWA: Closely divided Congress complicates policy landscape for 2021

AMWA: Closely divided Congress complicates policy landscape for 2021

November 9, 2020 at 10:44 am 0 comments

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies released an update in it’s Monday Morning Briefing today noting that a thinly divided Congress could result in a complex policy landscape on many issues including water and infrastructure. Voters across the country delivered somewhat mixed messages on Election Day, sending Joe Biden to theRead More

COVID-19 wastewater testing trials yield key insights

COVID-19 wastewater testing trials yield key insights

November 9, 2020 at 10:33 am 0 comments

Recent trial programs looking at the efficacy of testing wastewater to detect COVID-19 outbreaks have yielded important insights about how this method of testing can be used to improve public health, including providing an early indicator of infection that can be used to trigger advisories and recommendations How to BringRead More

Non-Revenue Water: An Opportunity for Water Utilities, Now More than Ever

Non-Revenue Water: An Opportunity for Water Utilities, Now More than Ever

November 2, 2020 at 9:44 am 0 comments

By Travis Smith It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the water industry. Revenue shortfalls from a decline in commercial and industrial water use and some residential customers struggling to pay bills are affecting utilities across the country. The service must go on, but in some casesRead More