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Integrated Planning Resources 101

September 28, 2022

  Post by Evan Kirk, Project Director at the UNC EFC   The EFC has been partnered with the US EPA since August 2021 to develop resources and lead workshops designed to assist municipalities and state permitting authorities in getting … Continued

Top 5 Financial Questions about Integrated Planning

September 15, 2022

This report answers the top 5 financial questions about integrated planning. What are the financial benefits of developing an integrated plan? How do municipalities prioritize their water infrastructure investments to get the biggest bang for the buck? What is an … Continued

Planning Your Capital Projects for Impact

September 14, 2022

Post by Delia Wegner, Graduate Research Assistant at the UNC EFC   What is a Capital Improvement Plan? Paying for the rehabilitation, replacement, and upgrades of water and wastewater equipment is an ongoing issue for utilities of all sizes. Like … Continued

West Virginia Water Rates Dashboard

August 24, 2022

This interactive dashboard is designed to assist utility managers and local officials with benchmarking residential water rates against multiple attributes, including system characteristics, customer base socioeconomic conditions, and geography. Rates data for this dashboard are drawn from the West Virginia … Continued

Appreciating Depreciation

August 16, 2022

Post by Andrew Waters, Project Director, and Kathryn Obenshain, Research Assistant at the UNC EFC There’s an old adage about a brand-new car dramatically losing value the moment it’s driven off the lot. In this crazy economy, where the value … Continued

EFCN Resources 101

August 2, 2022

  Post by Anna Patterson, Project Director at the UNC EFC   Water and wastewater utilities are often faced with tricky financial problems that do not have clear-cut solutions. Luckily, the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) is here to help! … Continued

Reserve Funds – Expect the Unexpected

June 9, 2022

Post by Hope Thomson, Project Director at the UNC EFC The past few years of the global COVID-19 pandemic has certainly had its impact on all sectors of society, including water and wastewater utilities. An early 2020 report by Raftelis … Continued

What Makes Small Utilities Viable?

May 25, 2022

Post by Gabriella Santana, Graduate Research Assistant at the UNC EFC This is the first blog in a two-part series presenting takeaways from North Carolina’s Viable Utilities Program. This post describes key findings relevant to other states on small system … Continued