First WIFIA Annual Report Highlights $3.5 Billion in Infrastructure Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) has released its first-ever annual report for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Through 2019, the WIFIA program financed more than $3.5 billion in loans, which USEPA says has saved borrowers $1.2 billion dollars and has helped improve water quality for more than 20 million Americans. The … Read more First WIFIA Annual Report Highlights $3.5 Billion in Infrastructure Funding

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

Stormwater Management and Master Planning – Why It Matters to Planners

This article was originally published in the January 2020 edition of The Western Planner. As planners we often talk about creating a “Vision for the Future” for the regions and communities we serve. That vision may include elements of future land use, urban design, growth policies, housing, social justice, economic development, and the list goes … Read more Stormwater Management and Master Planning – Why It Matters to Planners

How do your rates compare? Find out by participating in the 2020 Utility Rate Survey!

Watch your email inbox or mailbox for the 19th Annual Rate Survey questionnaire. The digital and print versions of the survey will be sent in early February to utilities.   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 … Read more How do your rates compare? Find out by participating in the 2020 Utility Rate Survey!

Reserves: Identification and Justification of Your System’s Capital Reserve Funding Goals

Utility managers and decision makers know that saving for the future is important.  The question is not whether to do it, but to what level.  What is the magic number? In the absence of a crystal ball, we are left to estimate future capital investment needs based on a series of assumptions.  This becomes a … Read more Reserves: Identification and Justification of Your System’s Capital Reserve Funding Goals

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