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Financial Recovery From COVID-19, Funding Programs, And Financial Benchmarking For Small Water Systems In Ohio

October 6, 2020 @ 8:00 am - October 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

One of a series of trainings conducted by the Environmental Finance Center Network for the Smart Management for Small Water Systems project.



Event 1: Funding Programs for Small Water Systems in Ohio and a Q&A Session on Financial Recovery from COVID-19

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Time: 2:00-3:00pm EST


A recording is available upon request. Please note, TCHs are not available for watching the recording.  Contact:


View the slides here: Funding Program and COVID recovery – Oct 6 2020 (PDF)


Description: Attend this session to learning about programs that can provide grants and loans to small water systems for capital projects, and about how to manage the ongoing pandemic’s financial implications immediately as well as in the next few months. Representatives from funding programs will describe funding opportunities and answer your questions, while the EFCN will answer your questions and share some resources and information to help you through these difficult transitions. Come to this Q&A style session prepared to ask your questions.



– Shadi Eskaf, Research Director, Environmental Finance Center at UNC

– Jonathon Bernstein, Ohio EPA

– Amy Klei, Ohio EPA

– Ken Heigel, OWDA

– Charles Dietz, USDA




Event 2: Benchmarking Rates and Financial Performance including a Demo of the Ohio Water and Wastewater Rates Dashboard

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Time: 2:00-3:00pm EST


TCHs are NOT available for watching this recording.

You may view the slides here: Benchmarking Finance and Rates – Oct 8 2020 (PDF)

Description: Understanding how to compare and benchmark rates against other water systems’ appropriately and how to track and assess financial performance of the water utility fund is important before making decisions that affect utility finance. In this session, benchmarking of financial performance and making appropriate comparisons of rates will be explained, including a demonstration of how to use the Ohio Water and Wastewater Rates Dashboard. You will learn new skills and tools that will assist in presenting information to the Board.


Training Credits: This online training has been approved for 1 credit hour

Approval #: OEPA-B88604510-X



– Shadi Eskaf, Director of Research at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

– Susan Schell, Ohio EPA


View more information on the EFC Network webpage for this training series.


October 6, 2020 @ 8:00 am
October 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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