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WATCH: George Hawkins, Andy Kricun and Greg Baird join WF&M to talk pandemic, water outlook

WATCH: George Hawkins, Andy Kricun and Greg Baird join WF&M to talk pandemic, water outlook

May 4, 2020 at 10:44 am 0 comments

Water Finance & Management recently talked with George Hawkins, founder of Moonshot Missions, Andy Kricun, managing director at Moonshot Missions and Greg Baird, frequent contributor to WF&M and president of the Water Finance Research Foundation. The discussion largely focused on the financial and operational outlook for the water/wastewater sector amid theRead More

Reversing the Decline of Utilities: A P4 Alternative

Reversing the Decline of Utilities: A P4 Alternative

April 27, 2020 at 9:02 am 0 comments

By Robert Sheets Water and wastewater utilities are more often than not self-supporting revenue enterprises (and sometimes revenue generators) for communities. However, even with the best of intentions, good utilities can go bad. In general, the smaller the utility, the greater the struggle, though there are exceptions. For decades, FloridaRead More

Analysis: Drinking water revenue decline could mean $32.7 billion in losses

Analysis: Drinking water revenue decline could mean $32.7 billion in losses

April 15, 2020 at 2:05 pm 0 comments

Water industry associations last week offered a stark analysis of the continued impact of the coronavirus pandemic on U.S. water utilities. According to an analysis prepared by Raftelis for the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), revenue shortfalls at U.S. drinking water utilities mayRead More

Rates and Affordability: A Ratings Agency Perspective

Rates and Affordability: A Ratings Agency Perspective

April 13, 2020 at 8:58 am 0 comments

By Erin Boeke Burke What Does “Affordable” Mean? There are a wide range of opinions on what it means for water and sewer service to be “affordable.” To some, water is a human right, others a property right, and still others a commodity. One thing is certain: Access to potableRead More

Stimulus package excludes financial relief for water sector

Stimulus package excludes financial relief for water sector

March 30, 2020 at 10:09 am 0 comments

Congress released a massive stimulus package last week that was signed by President Donald Trump amid the COVID-19 pandemic that could have serious economic ramifications both in the United States and around the globe. The bill included significant funding for a variety of private industries, but direct financial relief for theRead More

COMMENTARY: Yes, Finance and Engineering Can Be BFFs

COMMENTARY: Yes, Finance and Engineering Can Be BFFs

March 9, 2020 at 9:40 am 0 comments

By Kristy Neckowicz Recently one of our clients, an engineering director of a major water utility, made a bold claim when she stated, “Against the will of every engineer, their job needs them to also be an accountant.” I’d argue that the same applies for every accountant, that is, their jobsRead More

WaterWorksFund.com launches to advance investment opportunities

WaterWorksFund.com launches to advance investment opportunities

February 24, 2020 at 10:10 am 0 comments

WaterWorksFund.com, an online investing platform focused on advancing water solutions, has officially launched. WaterWorks, the Detroit-based organization behind the site, says WaterWorksFund.com is aimed at introducing people to investment opportunities in technology companies and projects seeking investment capital. “Many innovative technologies and projects exist to help solve our water problems,”Read More

Financial Report: Serving the Community through Data-Driven Decisions

Financial Report: Serving the Community through Data-Driven Decisions

February 18, 2020 at 9:27 am 0 comments

By Glenn Barnes Water systems exist to serve their communities. But do the water system’s rate structure, prices, and policies align with community values? The annual rate process is an opportunity to measure this. Every year, water systems should calculate the annual cost of providing water service today and intoRead More

Water Utilities, Climate Change, Bond Ratings and Insurance: Connections and Implications

Water Utilities, Climate Change, Bond Ratings and Insurance: Connections and Implications

February 7, 2020 at 1:30 pm 0 comments

By Erica Brown The managers of two large utilities recently remarked to me that in recent discussions with bond rating agencies, the questions that arose about climate change dove much deeper than in recent memory. In both cases, rating agencies wanted to know specifically about what climate related risks theRead More

Raftelis acquires Novak Consulting Group

Raftelis acquires Novak Consulting Group

January 27, 2020 at 11:27 am 0 comments

Raftelis has announced it has acquired The Novak Consulting Group (TNCG), expanding Raftelis’ financial and management consulting offerings into local government functions, including police, fire, recreation and transportation. “Over the past several years, our two firms have developed a strong relationship and we have great respect for TNCG’s work inRead More