Money Down the Drain

Shifting climate patterns and periods of drought and excessive precipitation appear to becoming increasingly extreme, posing continual challenges such as physical setbacks in the agricultural industry and social challenges associated with extreme weather conditions. In the water industry, we find ourselves simultaneously working toward solutions to conditions of both too little water and too much … Read more Money Down the Drain

Water and Wastewater Rate-Setting: Fixed Charge Considerations

According to the results of the 2019 AE2S Utility Rate Survey, it is most common for systems to utilize a combination of fixed and variable charges in its utility rate structures – particularly for drinking water rates. Just 1.1% of municipal survey respondents of all sizes are using a fixed charge (with no volumetric charge) … Read more Water and Wastewater Rate-Setting: Fixed Charge Considerations

USDA Invests $192 Million in Rural Water Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $192 million in 71 rural water infrastructure projects across 29 states. The funding comes from the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Rural communities, water districts and other eligible entities can use the funds for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural … Read more USDA Invests $192 Million in Rural Water Infrastructure Projects

USEPA Announces $2.6 Billion in New Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently announced the availability of $2.6 billion in new funds to assist States, Tribes and territories with improving drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across the country. In 2019, USEPA is making available more than $1 billion in new Federal grant funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). This funding … Read more USEPA Announces $2.6 Billion in New Funding

USEPA FY 2020 Budget Announced

The proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) provides $6.1 billion to support the mission of protecting human health and the environment. The budget proposal maintains USEPA’s focus on its core mission – providing Americans with clean air, land and water, and ensuring chemical safety. In addition, the proposed budget … Read more USEPA FY 2020 Budget Announced

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