Cost of Infrastructure Fluctuates During Economic Slowdowns

The full economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is still unknown at this point. However, economists predict varying degrees of economic downturn. To compound the issue, oil producing regions are contending with the price of oil bottoming out at the same time. Although there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to the future … Read more Cost of Infrastructure Fluctuates During Economic Slowdowns

$40 Million Available to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced the availability of approximately $40 million to assist disadvantaged communities and schools with removing sources of lead in drinking water. This funding is intended to help protect the health of children in disadvantaged communities and make progress on implementing the Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures. “This … Read more $40 Million Available to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water

New Website Identifies Federal Funding Programs for Lead Service Line Replacement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) launched a new website that summarizes available federal programs to help finance or fund lead service line (LSL) replacement. The website includes information about Federal funding from the following resources: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN) Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) … Read more New Website Identifies Federal Funding Programs for Lead Service Line Replacement

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