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What 10 Years of Georgia Water Utility Data can Reveal

April 3, 2018

Co-author Neil Sullivan is a Rates Specialist at the Environmental Finance Center. Since 2007, the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been conducting water and wastewater rate surveys in Georgia. With support from the … Continued

What Drives Public-Private Partnerships and the Risks to Be Aware of

July 2, 2015

As the nation struggles to repair, maintain, and expand its infrastructure, public-private partnerships are gaining traction as a strategy for delivering traditionally “public” services. Public-private partnerships (or P3s) are touted on the idea that public projects can benefit from the … Continued

Get What You Need: Survey results on communicating the need for a water rate increase

March 10, 2015

The water industry is facing unprecedented capital needs, needs which will largely be recovered through increased rates. Sitting between public utilities and the public are governing boards trying to make the right decision for their community and the utility. What information do governing boards need to approve a water rate increase? What are the most effective methods of communicating the need for a rate increase?

When Big Customers Make Big Changes

January 13, 2015

Non-residential water customers use nearly 43% of public water supplied in the United States[1]. In fact, their portion of public water demand has increased over the past twenty years as water efficiency in the residential sector has improved. Studying customer … Continued

WRRDA: New and Improved Funding for Water Infrastructure

May 28, 2014

This morning, legislation sits on the President of the United States’ desk that will advance policies and funding for the nation’s water infrastructure. Assuming he signs it, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 will authorize funding … Continued