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    Financial Report

    WIFIA:?Examining Synergies with the Muni Bond Market

    WIFIA:?Examining Synergies with the Muni Bond Market

    September 25, 2020 at 3:37 pm 0 comments

    Economic gains are possible when investors with different strengths and preferences are combined in a single financing. It’s happening at the WIFIA loan program. By John Ryan The WIFIA loan program makes long-term loans for qualified projects at the U.S. Treasury’s interest rate. Since debt capital markets start with thisRead More

    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

    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

    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

    Forecast: 10-year CAPEX for U.S. water utilities could reach $629 billion

    Forecast: 10-year CAPEX for U.S. water utilities could reach $629 billion

    September 30, 2019 at 10:02 am 0 comments

    According to a new forecast from Bluefield Research, municipal utilities in the United States are expected to spend $629 billion on capital expenditures (CAPEX) over the next decade to address increasing demands on water and wastewater infrastructure. While the baseline forecast projects a 2.6 percent annual growth rate, in-line withRead More

    Cash Reserves Pt. 2: Capital Reserves, Debt Service & Rate Stabilization Reserves

    Cash Reserves Pt. 2: Capital Reserves, Debt Service & Rate Stabilization Reserves

    April 8, 2019 at 12:09 pm 0 comments

    By Andy McCartney Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a two-part series on cash reserves for water utilities. As mentioned in the first article on operating reserves, cash reserves are required to meet the operational, maintenance and capital needs of the utility while providing a necessary service 24Read More

    White House FY20 budget proposes cuts for EPA, Army Corps

    White House FY20 budget proposes cuts for EPA, Army Corps

    March 18, 2019 at 6:00 am 0 comments

    Funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be cut by nearly a third next year under an FY20?budget proposal?released by the Trump administration last week. The spending cuts, which would reduce EPA appropriations from their FY19 level of just over $8.8 billion to $6.1 billion next year, would alsoRead More

    Enhancing Your Utility’s Long-Term Financial Sustainability & Resilience through Cash Reserves

    Enhancing Your Utility’s Long-Term Financial Sustainability & Resilience through Cash Reserves

    February 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm 0 comments

    By Andy McCartney Personal financial advisors often recommend that families should have enough money in an emergency fund to cover at least three to six months of living expenses. Corporations such as Microsoft, General Electric and Home Depot maintain excess operating funds for their own business reasons. Why should waterRead More

    Value for Money…and Beyond

    Value for Money…and Beyond

    June 20, 2018 at 9:55 am 0 comments

    New Financing Options Demand New Evaluation Tools By Mike?Matichich Water agencies are faced with a widening array of delivery and finance options for their major capital programs. That is good news, as the industry likely will need everything from the U.S. EPA’s relatively new WIFIA loan program to ‘pay forRead More

    Spend Wisely

    Spend Wisely

    April 5, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

    By Jim Baehr Spend wisely. This statement appears time and time again in everything from public commission reports to utility strategic plans and the day-to-day public discourse. Doing this isn’t easy and won’t get any easier. Awareness and Expectations Water utilities work diligently to enhance the public’s awareness of theRead More

     
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