Post Tagged with: "COVID-19"

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

Saving Lives with Human-to-Machine Interface: Wastewater Lessons from COVID-19

Saving Lives with Human-to-Machine Interface: Wastewater Lessons from COVID-19

August 14, 2020 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Shannon C. Markham “These are truly unprecedented times.” If you have not heard this phrase 100 times in the last few months then you must have recently awoken from a lengthy slumber. The impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been widespread and thorough, affecting countless facets of our modern society.Read More

Will Supply Management Be Added to the List of Challenges to Water Utility Managers?

Will Supply Management Be Added to the List of Challenges to Water Utility Managers?

August 13, 2020 at 8:23 am 0 comments

By Jim Baehr Water utilities were already facing a long list of challenges before COVID-19. Add to the list employee health protection, shutoff moratoriums, intensified affordability issues, unstable cash flow, the inability to foresee the “new normal” and matters become more complicated. It’s probable the list will continue to grow.Read More

EPA Headquarters building at the Federal Triangle in Washington, DC.

An Update on the WIFIA Loan Program

August 10, 2020 at 9:28 am 0 comments

With three years of solid results, WIFIA looks poised for long-term success. But the program could also be a very effective part of the federal response to COVID-19. By John Ryan The U.S. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Loan Program (WIFIA) was enacted in 2014 and became operationalRead 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

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

AWWA cites distancing, declining revenue as biggest concerns

AWWA cites distancing, declining revenue as biggest concerns

July 1, 2020 at 3:23 pm 0 comments

According to a recent survey conducted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), most water utilities are returning to normal operations as they reopen their offices and relax some of the measures they put in place during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Conducted June 8-15, this is theRead More

SUEZ to donate to charities for COVID-19

SUEZ to donate to charities for COVID-19

June 29, 2020 at 8:49 am 0 comments

In the face of a pandemic that has created unprecedented suffering across the United States and Canada, SUEZ, which operates in North America as SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions and SUEZ North America, is earmarking a donation of $1.75 million that will be directed to food pantries, health care facilities,Read 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

COVID-19 Strategies: Mitigating Pipe Failure Risk During Revenue Uncertainty

COVID-19 Strategies: Mitigating Pipe Failure Risk During Revenue Uncertainty

June 2, 2020 at 7:30 am 0 comments

By Travis Wagner Quantifying the value of water is an overwhelming task. A physical asset evaluation would assume that our national water treatment and pipe infrastructure has a value of over $3.6 trillion with nearly 60 percent of the value underground. A holistic approach would describe the value being essentialRead More