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Navigating Legal Pathways to Rate-Funded Customer Assistance Programs

Although historically underpriced, water and wastewater rates in some parts of the United States are increasing sharply. While the rate increases are necessary to address infrastructure funding needs and make up for lower per capita water use, higher rates also mean that a larger percentage of customers are finding paying for water and wastewater service a financial burden.

Alternative Water Project Delivery Models

As the nation struggles to repair, maintain, and expand its water infrastructure, public-private partnerships are gaining traction as a strategy for filling the gaps. The EFC examined the potential benefits of alternative water service delivery partnerships to assist decision makers in taking the most effective approach to financing and managing water services.

2017 North Carolina Stormwater Rates Dashboard

The EFC recently completed a statewide stormwater fee survey. We collected and analyzed 73 different fee structures across the state. These structures and the information they provide paint a picture of North Carolina’s stormwater management priorities and can be used as an educational tool for communities across the state. 

Georgia Stormwater Fees Dashboard

Our Georgia interactive stormwater fees and financial benchmarking dashboard has a new look and many new features and functions. It is designed to assist utility managers and local officials with analyzing stormwater fees against multiple attributes, including utility finances, system characteristics, customer base socioeconomic conditions, and geography.

Tools to Assist Water Utilities with Financial Decision Making

The EFC has created several free tools to assist water utilities in addressing the challenges and questions we commonly see in our teaching and advising. These tools cover a broad range of finance and management topics, including rates and revenue, financial benchmarking, affordability, capital finance, communicating with the board, and evaluating loans and grants.