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Directed Grants for Public Utility Systems

December 14, 2023

By Alicia James, Project Manager, UNC Environmental Finance Center Public utilities systems provide communities with clean, safe drinking water and wastewater treatment. They improve the environment, health, and quality of life in communities where we live, work, and play. These … Read more

Insights from the 2023 North Carolina Stormwater Utilities Report

October 30, 2023

By the UNC Environmental Finance Center Introduction The UNC Environmental Finance Center, in collaboration with the North Carolina Division of Water Infrastructure, recently conducted a comprehensive survey of stormwater utilities in North Carolina for fiscal year 2024. This survey included … Read more

Decentralized Users: Considerations for Connections

September 26, 2023

  By Hope Thomson, Project Director at the UNC Environmental Finance Center The UNC EFC primarily works with public service providers of environmental services: local governments or other institutions providing water, wastewater, stormwater, or other services to a public population. … Read more

Introducing the Iowa Dashboards

July 21, 2023

  By Emma Grace Copenhaver, Project Analyst at the UNC Environmental Finance Center Dashboards Since 2005, the EFC has been creating dashboards that compare utility rates across a state. These dashboards are helpful tools for utility decision-makers as they consider … Read more

Planning for Septic Tank Removal: Jekyll Island, Georgia

June 12, 2023

  By Emma Grace Copenhaver, Project Analyst, UNC Environmental Finance Center Septic tank failure is a growing yet frequently underreported problem in the United States. A 2020 Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWMEA) report estimates that nearly half of … Read more

Fire Protection Fees: Too Hot to Handle?

May 23, 2023

  By Megan Doherty, Project Analyst at the UNC Environmental Finance Center Did you know that, for every US home, at least 60,000 gallons of water is stored in water mains?* If customers had to pay utilities for this stored … Read more

Innovative Finance for the Restoration of Lake Mattamuskeet

March 9, 2023

  By Kathryn Obenshain, Project Analyst, &┬áHope Thomson, Project Director at the UNC EFC Providing environmental services can be expensive, and how those services are paid for is important. Often, recipients of those services, the customers, directly support the costs. … Read more