$1.1 Billion Available for DWSRF Loans

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has more than $1.1 billion available to the 50 States and Puerto Rico in 2018 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loans, plus $23 million for Tribal water systems, and $28 million for the District of Columbia and territorial water systems. The U.S. Congress appropriates funding for the DWSRF … Read more$1.1 Billion Available for DWSRF Loans

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

Economic Conditions Favorable for Replacing Underground Infrastructure

It appears 2017 will be a good year to construct or replace underground infrastructure.  Thanks to relatively favorable interest rates, infrastructure projects are more affordable right now.  “The interest rates in Federal and State funding programs such as the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (DWSRF/CWSRF) and USDA Rural Development funding are at … Read moreEconomic Conditions Favorable for Replacing Underground Infrastructure

WIFIA Funding Eligibility

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently announced it is accepting letters of interest (LOI) for credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. The WIFIA program will provide long-term, low-cost credit assistance in the form of direct loans and loan guarantees to creditworthy water projects. … Read moreWIFIA Funding Eligibility

Non-Revenue Water: Considerations and 2016 Benchmarking Data

No water system is perfect. Somewhere between entry to the distribution system and registry at customer meters, water loss will occur. Some of it is essential for standard operation of the system, as in the case of hydrant flushing. Also expected and allowed is water consumed for firefighting purposes and other City functions such as … Read moreNon-Revenue Water: Considerations and 2016 Benchmarking Data

Traditional Bonding vs. SRF

As utility systems look to continue reinvesting in existing systems and expanding to serve new customers, one typical hurdle they face is how to pay for investments. Fortunate systems may have enough cash on hand or access to grant funding to offset the costs of needed improvements, but often a system will need to use … Read moreTraditional Bonding vs. SRF