The Importance of Effectively Communicating Utility Rate Increases

When it comes to communicating rate changes, 62% of respondents to the 2023 AE2S Utility Rate Survey said they utilize utility bills to announce upcoming adjustments. Rate increases are often necessary to fund infrastructure improvements and maintain service quality. However, the way they are communicated is crucial. Transparency is a cornerstone of effective communication with … Read more

New Website Lists Funding Status for Each State

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) created a new website to track the status of State Revolving Fund (SRF) funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has provided $50 billion for water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure upgrades. About 85% of the funding is allocated through Clean Water SRF and Drinking Water SRF … Read more

$6.5 Billion For Drinking Water Infrastructure Upgrades Includes $3 Billion for LCRR Efforts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced the availability of $6.5 billion for States, Tribes, and U.S. territories for essential drinking water infrastructure upgrades across the nation through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The $6 billion boost from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law aims to increase the investments available to rebuild the nation’s water … Read more

$30 Million Available for Great Lakes Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) new Great Lakes Environmental Justice Grant program aims to advance environmental justice in underserved communities across the Great Lakes Basin. The USEPA announced $30 million is available from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for restoration projects that advance environmental justice in underserved and overburdened communities across the Great Lakes. USEPA … Read more

How Asset Management Programs Benefit Utilities

Asset Management Program

Utilities have recently experienced increased capital, operation, and maintenance costs. The cause in many cases can be attributed to aging infrastructure that was built in the last century. In addition, heightened regulatory requirements associated with the implementation of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act increased the cost of compliance while the upcoming … Read more

Financial Capability Guidance for CWA Compliance

Clean Water Act guidance

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently announced updated Clean Water Act (CWA) Financial Capability Assessment (FCA) Guidance to help communities ensure public health protections and financial feasibility as they make plans to comply with the CWA. The Guidance outlines strategies for communities to follow to support affordable rates while planning investments in water infrastructure essential … Read more