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Why Being Small is Hard- Big Challenges for Small Water Systems

Access to clean, safe water does not come easy. We may have mental images of some parts of the world where people spend their whole day traveling to and from water sources and preparing water so that it is safe to consume. But in the United States, we’ve come to ...
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Working with Millennials: A Miserable Experience or a Misunderstood Opportunity?

Written by: Tonya Bronleewe & Leslie Kimble Tonya Bronleewe is a Project Manager at the Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center. Leslie Kimble is a Marketing Coordinator at the Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center ...
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‘Tis the Seasonal Rates: A Quick Look at Seasonal Rates Across Six States

Written by: Evan Kirk Evan Kirk is a student data analyst at the Environmental Finance Center. During my first year at the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) I have worked on water and wastewater rate surveys in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Arizona, Hawaii, and Connecticut. While uniform, block, and tiered rate ...
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Resiliency: What’s the Buzz?

Written by: Sarah Diefendorf Sarah Diefendorf is the Director of EFC West. There is quite a bit of talk about resiliency today and it seems as though there are numerous definitions and uses to fit just about any circumstance.  There are schools of thought dedicated to data resilience, military resilience ...
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Envisioning the Future of Water: Three Lessons Learned from One City

Written by: Andrea Kopaskie Andrea Kopaskie is an undergraduate student at The University of North Carolina, where she is pursuing a degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in energy and sustainability. In March, the UNC Institute for the Environment hosted the Clean Tech Summit, a multi-day event in which ...
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Are You Paying Too Much? Understanding your energy rate schedules

Written by:  Dawn Nall, Project Manager, Southwest Environmental Finance Center For many water systems, the electric (or energy) bill is one of the largest expenses regularly incurred by the water utility.  It is also one of the most controllable expenses a water utility will have.  Most energy providers charge different rates ...
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Regulations: Love ’em or Hate ’em, Common Sense or Overreach

Written by: Heather Himmelberger, Director of the Southwest Environmental Finance Center.  Regulations are in the cross hairs right now. Regulations of all kinds, but especially environmental regulations, are hated by politicians, companies, regulated entities of all types, including public entities, and the general public. It is tempting to assume that ...
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Are Utilities that Need to Raise Rates Actually Raising Rates?

Written by: Shadi Eskaf Shadi Eskaf is a Senior Project Director at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. What happens if a water utility collects less in revenues than it pays in expenditures in one year? It will raise some alarms, but some ...
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Seven Strategies for Identifying Who Is Willing and Able to Pay for Household Water Services

Guest post by Urooj Amjad Urooj Amjad is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Economics Department of Queens College, City University of New York where she teaches Environmental Economics. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Water Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received her Ph.D ...
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Trends in EPA Violations in Water Systems

Written by: Daniel Irvin Daniel Irvin is the Environmental Finance Community Advisor at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Here at the Environmental Finance Center, we work with water systems across the country to help them improve their financial and managerial capacity. While ...
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