New Tool Helps Leaders Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Projects

Aging and outdated infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges facing federal, state, and municipal leaders across the U.S. right now. Determining the best way to move forward on a major project can be difficult, but there is a new tool to make the decision-making process easier. An independent, non-profit organization called the Institute for … Read moreNew Tool Helps Leaders Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Projects

USEPA Awards $12.7M in Grant Funding to Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is awarding $12.7 million in grants to help small drinking and wastewater systems. The funding will impact systems that serve fewer than 10,000 people, as well as private well owners. The awards include: $4.5 million each to the National Rural Water Association and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership to … Read moreUSEPA Awards $12.7M in Grant Funding to Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems

2014 Utility Rate Survey Deadline is Approaching

The deadline for completing the 13th annual North Central Utility Rate Survey questionnaire is March 21, 2014. The digital and print versions of the survey were sent out in late January. Each year, AE2S Nexus conducts a survey of water, wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste utility rates throughout the region. Two unique reports are prepared based … Read more2014 Utility Rate Survey Deadline is Approaching

Stormwater Legislation to Watch

The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013 (HR 3449) would establish three to five Centers of Excellence for Innovative Stormwater Control Infrastructure at institutions throughout the country. HR 3449 defines “innovative stormwater control infrastructure” to mean any stormwater management technique that uses natural or engineered systems that mimic natural processes to infiltrate, evapotranspire, or capture … Read moreStormwater Legislation to Watch

Montana DEQ Sets Alternative Energy Loan Interest Rate at 3.25% for 2014

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program recently set a 3.25 percent interest rate for the remainder of 2014. The revolving loan program has helped local governments, non-profit organizations, small businesses, and homeowners install alternative energy systems for more than a decade. More than $5 million has been loaned over … Read moreMontana DEQ Sets Alternative Energy Loan Interest Rate at 3.25% for 2014

Full Cost Pricing – How Do 2013 Rate Survey Respondents Measure Up?

The concept of full cost pricing is generally defined as the recovery of revenues sufficient to meeting operating expenses, maintenance expenses, debt service principal and interest payments, and contributions to reserves adequate to fund renewal of the system. Though somewhat difficult to pinpoint, appropriate funding of system renewal is often described as an annual investment … Read moreFull Cost Pricing – How Do 2013 Rate Survey Respondents Measure Up?