In spring of 2023, the UNC Environmental Finance provided the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) with recommendations on how to potentially structure and administer a new customer assistance program (CAP) for their service area, which includes areas of Chapel … Read more
Program Area: Affordability and Equity
EFC developed a tool for the Division of Water Infrastructure in support of the Viable Utility Program. The Viable Utility Program includes a master plan to help utilities throughout North Carolina become viable. This tool demonstrates which utilities were marked … Read more
Across the United States, the cost of water is rising, in large part due to the growing cost of water system maintenance, especially for small water systems. In 2022, UNC EFC was pleased to partner with Digital P Media to … Read more
Click the images or the button below to download the How Can Local Governments in North Carolina Assess Affordability of Water and Wastewater Rates one-pager.
The Environmental Finance Center at UNC-CH offers free one-on-one technical assistance for systems providing drinking water for up to 10,000 people and wastewater services for up to 1 million gallons per day. For more information on technical assistance and services … Read more
To learn more about financing mechanisms in the Beaver Lake Watershed, read the full report here.
This tool is used to calculate the cost of a subsidized loan versus a traditional market based loan. The value at the bottom of the dashboard represents the “grant equivalent” of the subsidized loan given the parameters selected from the … Read more
Affordability of residential rates is a comparative concept, the place where income and expenditures cross. A common metric used to assess affordability is the proportion of the Median Household Income of the community that would be spent on a year’s … Read more
There are many ways for a system to assess affordability. Each method takes a different approach and the analysis of the results can be subjective. Learn more about assessing affordability for your customers with the one-pager below.
The Resource Agency Partnership for Water Utilities is a group of diverse organizations working toward solutions to the challenges faced by North Carolina’s water and wastewater service providers. The goal of the Partnership is to collaborate with each other and … Read more