Board Member Responsibilities for Managing a Water Utility

Written by: Leslie Kimble Leslie Kimble is a Program Coordinator at the Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center Elected officials or board members may be members of a city council or county commission, or serve on the Rural Water District board. With a long list of to-dos and policy concerns, how are board members supposed to stay up-to-date and knowledgeable …

Safe & SuRe: Exploring a New Approach to Resilient Systems

Written by: Brandy Espinola Brandy Espinola is the Resilience and Sustainability Program Manager for the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland. From emergency services, to agriculture and food systems, to manufacturing industries, our critical infrastructure systems rely heavily on water. So much so that following a loss of water services, critical infrastructure can begin to degrade rapidly. According …

It’s Not a Gap, It’s a Trade-off

Written by Heather Himmelberger Heather Himmelberger is the Director at the Southwest Environmental Finance Center I thoroughly enjoy having my conventional thinking turned on its head, which is even more fun when it affects conventional wisdom in general. So here goes… What gap are we talking about here? We often think of the gap as the difference between the money …

Podcast Round-Up: 12 Episodes on Drinking Water Finance and Management

Written by: Glenn Barnes Glenn Barnes is the Associate Director at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill My colleague Stacey Isaac Berahzer, a senior project director here at the Environmental Finance Center, made her podcast debut this week on The Water Values Podcast, a series specifically focused on drinking water finance and management.  The Water Values is …

Managing Assets or Asset Management?

 Written by: Heather Himmelberger Heather Himmelberger is the Director at the Southwest Environmental Finance Center When you think about your facility – be it water, wastewater, stormwater, or any other set of assets – are your assets managing you, are you managing your assets or are you practicing asset management? The distinctions between the latter two ideas may not seem …

Four Ways Water Utilities Can Weather a Hurricane

Written by: Stacey Berahzer Stacey Berahzer is a Senior Project Director at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Millions of United States citizens continue to battle the effects of massive hurricanes this month. Many have lost electric and water service. As water and wastewater utilities struggle to get their systems up and running …

Workforce Planning: Recruiting and Retaining Employees for your Water System

Written by: Khris Dodson Khris Dodson is the Associate Director at the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center Your people are your #1 Asset. Well, maybe your #2 asset behind your actual facility. But, without good people, in time, you will likely not have a good facility either. So, how do you find and keep good people? That’s called Workforce Planning. …

The Gray Area in Funding Affordability Programs

Why Water or Wastewater Utilities in Many States May Be Apprehensive to Fund Affordability Programs with Rate Revenue Written by: Erin Riggs Erin Riggs is a Legal Advisor for the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill One of the reports recently completed at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at …

Is Percent MHI the Best Way to Measure Affordability?

Written by: Daniel Irvin Daniel Irvin is an Environmental Finance Community Advisor at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Most national analyses of affordability utilize a small sample of utilities or make generalized assumptions about expenditures. With more than 3,000 utilities in our pricing database, the Environmental Finance Center at the University of …

Tips and Takeaways: Applying for NC Water and Wastewater funding Programs

Written by: Andrea Kopaskie Andrea Kopaskie is a Rates Specialist at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Attention all North Carolinian water and wastewater systems: the State Water Infrastructure Authority announced that $168.5 million in water and wastewater funding will be available this upcoming fall. In response to this announcement, the North Carolina Department of Environmental …