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Countering the Affordability Challenge

Countering the Affordability Challenge

November 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm 0 comments

Great Lakes Water Authority’s WRAP Program Aims to Put Customers on a Path to Self-Sufficiency A widely-held viewpoint across the municipal water sector is that water distribution and sewage collection service is underpriced. Water and sewer authorities operate primarily with funding from rate increases but still fall severely short inRead More

NACWA, AMWA among supporters of new water affordability legislation

NACWA, AMWA among supporters of new water affordability legislation

October 23, 2018 at 6:30 am 0 comments

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) have extended support for new legislation aimed at improving the affordability of water and wastewater service for low-income customers. Introduced led by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the Low-Income WaterRead More

StratComm to highlight ratepayer relations, outreach in Chicago

StratComm to highlight ratepayer relations, outreach in Chicago

May 29, 2018 at 11:31 am 0 comments

On June 6-7 in Chicago, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies will host Strategic Communications: H2O (StratComm), an event geared toward engaging public utility officials on best practices in ratepayer communication, public relations and outreach.  The purpose of StratComm is to help clean water utilities innovate — or create — communications platforms thatRead More

Submit an abstract for the 2018 Water Finance Conference

Submit an abstract for the 2018 Water Finance Conference

February 12, 2018 at 10:30 am 0 comments

The deadline to submit an abstract for the 2018 Water Finance Conference is Friday, February 23. The fourth annual Water Finance Conference, to be held August 28-29, 2018, in Washington, D.C., is a two-day event aimed at gathering executive-level utility professionals, including directors, general managers, superintendents, CEOs, CFOs and finance directors,Read More

Philadelphia Launches New Water Pricing Model for Low-Income Residents

Philadelphia Launches New Water Pricing Model for Low-Income Residents

August 16, 2017 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Erin Bonney Casey The City of Philadelphia has thrust itself into the broader national discussion on the affordability of water with its newly launched and unique water pricing model. In an era of rising water rates and constrained municipal budgets, Philadelphia is adapting to shifting market conditions. The goalRead More

Guide identifies opportunities, barriers to assisting low-income customers

Guide identifies opportunities, barriers to assisting low-income customers

July 24, 2017 at 8:57 am 0 comments

To assist low-income households in the United States with rising water and wastewater rates, seven leading water associations issued a guide that assesses the feasibility of rate-funded customer assistance programs (CAPs) in each state. Water and wastewater rates in the United States are increasing sharply as utilities address aging waterRead More

Bluefield: Household water, sewer bills steadily outpacing inflation

Bluefield: Household water, sewer bills steadily outpacing inflation

July 10, 2017 at 10:36 am 0 comments

Residential water and wastewater bills have progressively increased by 5.7 percent annually over the past five years, outpacing average annual income growth (5 percent) and inflation (1.9 percent) and magnifying the financial challenges facing municipal water utilities. Analysis of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. show combined monthlyRead More

Balance the Fund with ‘Customer Conversations’

Balance the Fund with ‘Customer Conversations’

April 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm 0 comments

Albuquerque Uses Customer Outreach to Gain Deeper Insights into Infrastructure Needs, Conservation and Rate Increases By Frank Roth & Carol Malesky As many utilities look to implement water conservation programs in order to address drought and water shortfalls, the challenge of maintaining a utility’s fund balances becomes more prevalent. AsRead More

Affordability Programs for Water Utilities

Affordability Programs for Water Utilities

February 8, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 comment

  Customer Assistance Programs Integrated Into Business Processes Can Help Struggling Ratepayers Stay Afloat By Neil Grigg Rate increases by water utilities are needed to sustain high quality services, but their impacts on low-income customers are a major cause of concern. In some communities, these concerns can fly under theRead More

Kim Colson: 2016 Water Finance & Management Award Winner

Kim Colson: 2016 Water Finance & Management Award Winner

December 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

The Master Planner The Managerial Maestro Behind North Carolina’s Innovative Water Financing Model By Andrew Farr   Kim Colson doesn’t ask for attention and he doesn’t want to be singled out. He’s at the center of a program that exemplifies innovation in water financing, yet he modestly maintains that for himRead More