Post Tagged with: "low-income affordability"

Water Finance Conference to conclude virtual sessions Thursday

Water Finance Conference to conclude virtual sessions Thursday

August 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

August 10 | August 12 | August 17 | August 19 The 2021 Water Finance Conference, which is being presented in a virtual format this month, will conclude its virtual sessions Thursday, Aug. 19 with Session 4. This year’s conference is covering a range of topics in the water/wastewater utility financeRead More

Low-income water assistance program formally launched

Low-income water assistance program formally launched

June 7, 2021 at 8:32 am 0 comments

The White House last week announced the official launch of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) housed at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).  This program is the first of its kind designed to provide funding to help low-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their water andRead More

Water sector applauds proposed permanent low-income customer assistance program

Water sector applauds proposed permanent low-income customer assistance program

May 24, 2021 at 9:05 am 0 comments

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) are applauding the introduction of H.R. 3293, the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Programs Act of 2021. The bipartisan legislation, led by Reps. Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.) would create a permanent program atRead More

Report: Water assistance programs exclude customers in need

Report: Water assistance programs exclude customers in need

May 24, 2021 at 8:30 am 0 comments

A report released today by the Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) finds that customer assistance programs offered by large water utilities to help low-income customers pay their water bills are poorly designed and leave out deserving customers. The report, H2Affordability: How Water Bill Assistance Programs Miss the Mark, evaluated assistanceRead More

Biden signs COVID stimulus including water affordability program funding

Biden signs COVID stimulus including water affordability program funding

March 12, 2021 at 10:16 am 0 comments

President Joe Biden on Friday signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act, legislation to deliver additional COVID-19 relief that contains $500 million in assistance for low-income clean water customers and support for critical water and sewer investments. This water assistance funding comes in addition to the initial $638 million providedRead More

Water sector applauds House leadership for affordability program boost

Water sector applauds House leadership for affordability program boost

March 1, 2021 at 10:36 am 0 comments

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act, legislation to deliver additional COVID-19 relief that contains $500 million for low-income water utility bill assistance. This new funding for low-income water assistance comes in addition to the initial $638 million provided in the December 2020 FY21 ConsolidatedRead More

NACWA says funding for federal affordability program “nowhere near” needed levels

NACWA says funding for federal affordability program “nowhere near” needed levels

February 12, 2021 at 4:47 pm 0 comments

Last week the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee marked up its contribution to the next COVID-19 relief bill last week. Included was an additional $500 million for the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Program administered by Health and Human Services, bringing the potential total amount for low-income water assistanceRead More

The Conundrum of Water Affordability: What’s at Stake?

The Conundrum of Water Affordability: What’s at Stake?

February 8, 2021 at 10:01 am 0 comments

By Ann Bui, Mike Orth & Bruce Allender The U.S. water industry has worked hard in recent years to remind people that potable water is not free. Procuring, treating, and distributing water is costly, and utilities need to cover their costs to make sure customers have safe drinking water, delivered at adequate pressureRead 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

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