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Use this tool to assess the financial performance of your water (and/or wastewater) utility fund. Financial data readily available in annual financial statements are copied into this tool, which computes key financial indicators that measure a variety of important metrics, such as the ability to pay debt service, availability of cash to pay for operations and maintenance, the sufficiency of revenues generated, etc. Each indicator is explained in lay terms, and you can set targets for each metric in order to compare your fund’s actual performance against the goals that you (or your governing body) sets. The tool demonstrates the financial strengths and weaknesses of the utility fund in the past 5 years.

The tool is free to download and use. It is designed to be used by utility professionals, governing body members, government staff, and technical assistance providers working with (small) water systems.

 

How to use the tool

Have copies of your last five audited annual financial statements in hand. Then follow the built-in instructions to copy specific numbers from your financial statements into this tool. Change the proposed targets for each of the six financial indicators, and then review your fund’s performance (in the past five years) against your targets. Input data in the dark green cells. Results are presented in easy-to-read graphs and images.

 

Video demonstrations and explanations

Watch a recorded webinar demonstration of how to use this tool and explanations of its key financial indicators.

Watch a whiteboard video explaining key financial indicators for water in lay terms.

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