Polar Vortex a Chilly Reminder of the Value of Water

I was recently reminded of how easy it is to take the tap for granted, while visiting my sister and brother-in-law. The polar vortex tested their water line and won, at least temporarily.  That made for some tense times and a renewed appreciation for the convenience of running water. If we consider that a gallon … Read morePolar Vortex a Chilly Reminder of the Value of Water

2018 Rate Survey – Fixed Charges: What’s the Right Amount?

Affordability and revenue stability are two of the topics that often weigh heavily on the minds of utility managers and policy makers.  As two equally important issues, it can be challenging to meet both due to potentially opposing objectives.  The most straight-forward path to achieving a high level of revenue stability is to rely heavily … Read more2018 Rate Survey – Fixed Charges: What’s the Right Amount?

2018 Rate Survey Results for Systems Serving Less than 5,000 & Regional Systems

We appreciate all of the voluntary responses we received for the 2018 AE2S Nexus Annual Utility Rate Survey. The Survey booklets are currently being distributed to all participants. We hope the results are useful to systems throughout the region as budgets are finalized and 2019 rates are set, by providing a regional measure of benchmarking … Read more2018 Rate Survey Results for Systems Serving Less than 5,000 & Regional Systems

How do your rates compare? Find out by participating in the 2018 Utility Rate Survey!

Check your email inbox or mailbox for the 17th Annual Rate Survey questionnaire.  The digital and print versions of the survey were sent out in early February. Each year, AE2S conducts a survey of water, wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste utility rates throughout the region. Two unique reports are prepared based on community population. One is … Read moreHow do your rates compare? Find out by participating in the 2018 Utility Rate Survey!

MPCA Announces Section 319 Funding Application Deadline

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently announced the Federal Clean Water Act Section 319 funding round is now open, with $1.4 million expected for grants to reduce water pollution. The program provides funding and technical assistance to groups and individuals who work with citizens to reduce non-point source pollution. To be eligible, projects must … Read moreMPCA Announces Section 319 Funding Application Deadline

WIFIA Legislation Would Provide Low-Cost Loans for Water Infrastructure Projects

U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced legislation in late January to reauthorize the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). The bill would help stimulate investment in water infrastructure, such as flood control, stormwater management, and wastewater treatment by supplementing Federal funding with long-term, low-cost loans and loan guarantees. Similar legislation has … Read moreWIFIA Legislation Would Provide Low-Cost Loans for Water Infrastructure Projects