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From the Finance Department

From the Finance Department

December 11, 2023 at 6:35 am 0 comments

Utility Finance Executives Weigh In On Resilience, Affordability, Digital Transformation & More Editor’s Note: Following the conclusion of our 2023 Water Finance Conference in Cleveland, our longtime contributor and colleague Greg Baird, a former water utility CFO and now principal consultant with Black & VeatchRead More

Bluefield report examines average monthly water, sewer charges across U.S.

Bluefield report examines average monthly water, sewer charges across U.S.

December 6, 2023 at 10:47 am 0 comments

According to a new report from Bluefield Research, the combined water and sewer bill for a typical U.S. household has increased by 56% since 2012, or 4.2% annually. The report is Bluefield’s U.S. Municipal Water & Sewer: Annual Utility Rate Index, 2023, an annual report thatRead More

AMWA, other sector orgs support continued LIHWAP funding

AMWA, other sector orgs support continued LIHWAP funding

October 19, 2023 at 10:24 am 0 comments

The Association of Metropolitan of Water Agencies (AMWA) recently joined more than 150 national, state and local organizations in writing to congressional leaders to express strong support for continued funding for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) at Department of Health and Human Services inRead More

Associations urge Congress to prioritize affordability, build on LIHWAP program

Associations urge Congress to prioritize affordability, build on LIHWAP program

April 24, 2023 at 9:49 am 0 comments

Recommendations Include Establishment of Permanent Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Program at HHS Five water sector organizations joined forces today to release a new report on the growing water affordability concern for low-income Americans and call for a permanent program to address the challenge. The AmericanRead More

AMWA, NACWA requesting $1 billion for federal low-income assistance program

AMWA, NACWA requesting $1 billion for federal low-income assistance program

April 3, 2023 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Two prominent water industry associations representing public utility systems are urging the federal government to fund the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) in 2024 and beyond. Last week, the Association of Metropolitan Agencies (AMWA) and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) sentRead More

NACWA says EPA’s FCA Guidance fails to affect low-income affordability

NACWA says EPA’s FCA Guidance fails to affect low-income affordability

February 2, 2023 at 1:48 pm 0 comments

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) expressed its disappointment this week at the outcome of a nearly five-year process to significantly overhaul the U.S. EPA’s Financial Capability Assessment (FCA) Guidance and ‘meaningfully address’ the growing ratepayer affordability gap. First issued in 1997, theRead More

Report details how much average wastewater service costs have increased

Report details how much average wastewater service costs have increased

January 4, 2023 at 10:32 am 0 comments

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recently released a new report showing that average annual wastewater service costs for American families increased at twice the rate of inflation between 2000 and 2021. The report highlights how income inequality is driving heightened affordability challengesRead More

US Water Alliance releases new report on water shutoffs

US Water Alliance releases new report on water shutoffs

November 30, 2022 at 1:01 pm 0 comments

Some water utilities had as many as 40,000 unpaid accounts during the COVID-19 pandemic The US Water Alliance has released a new report on the practice and effect of water shutoffs due to nonpayment. The report, titled The Path to Universally Affordable Water Access: GuidingRead More

ASDWA resource provides definition of ‘disadvantaged community’ by state under SDWA

ASDWA resource provides definition of ‘disadvantaged community’ by state under SDWA

July 18, 2022 at 6:00 am 0 comments

ASDWA has announced the launch of its new Environmental Justice webpage. The webpage includes ASDWA’s environmental justice strategy, developed by ASDWA’s members and staff and will guide the association’s work in the future, as well as a variety of resources related to environmental justice and drinkingRead More

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 ofRead More