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WEBINAR: Setting Water Rates using a Complimentary Excel-based Model

Rate-IncreaseLocation: Online – your computer
Cost: FREE!

Date: 8/11/2015
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 PM EST / 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PST

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What should your water rates be to cover all of your expenses in the next few years?

This webinar will help water systems answer this question by demonstrating the Water and Wastewater Rates Analysis Model, a free basic Excel-based tool developed for small water systems by the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Users input data on their water system’s expenses, rate structures, number of customers and customer water use. The model then projects revenues, expenses and fund balances for the next few years, giving the user the option to adjust rates as necessary to generate the revenues needed to meet financial obligations. The model helps water systems determine whether they need to adjust rates, and by how much, in order to achieve financial sufficiency. The model can be used by water systems that set volumetric charges for water as well as systems that only charge flat monthly fees.

Learning objectives:

  • Become familiar with the Water and Wastewater Rates Analysis Model
  • Understand how to use the tool (including tips on how to use the tool to cater to different circumstances)
  • Learn general principles of water rate setting and modeling
  • Know how to get started in analyzing water rates

 

Minnesota | Multi-funding Workshop

moneyLocation: Holiday Inn, 75 South 37th Avenue, Saint Cloud, MN 56301
Cost: FREE!
Date: 08/18/2015
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

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There are several federal and state programs that provide financing for water infrastructure projects. This workshop will provide participants with descriptions of individual financing programs and how they may interact with each other. Speakers will include persons involved in administering the programs in the state. Participants will receive basic information on best management practices such as asset management, rate setting and financial benchmarking which could enhance your system’s funding application.

This workshop has been submitted to the state for continuing education credit.

Morning and afternoon snacks are being provided by the Minnesota Section AWWA (please note lunch will not be provided).

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Washington| Asset Management Workshop

water_meterLocation: Pierce County Environmental Center, 9850 64th Street W., University Place, WA 98467
Cost: FREE!
Date: 8/19/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

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For public works directors, water utility managers, operators and maintenance staff, and finance staff

Have you wondered:

  •  Am I spending revenue dollars in the best way
  •  I can’t do everything I would like to do with my system;
  •  How do I decide what is best for me to do?
  •  Am I providing the best customer service with the resources I have?

Asset management is one way to address these questions. In the current climate of increasing regulations, decreasing revenues, and decreasing water resources, an asset management approach is vital. This workshop will provide you with tools to begin the process and understand the benefits.

This workshop is designed for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer people, especially targeting local government systems facing financial challenges. Owners of privately owned systems, consultants and technical assistance providers serving small water systems are also invited to attend.

This workshop has been submitted to the state for continuing education credits.

California| Water Efficiency/Water Loss Workshop

moneyLocation: Kings Canyon Conference Room, Fresno-Clovis Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facility, 5607 W. Jensen Ave., Fresno, CA 93706

Cost: FREE!
Date: 08/20/2015
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

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Why Attend
This workshop will introduce participants to establishing an effective water loss control program for their water system.

You Will Learn   
- The different components of the water balance equation
- How to perform a water audit
- How to address non-revenue water including  apparent losses and real losses (leakage)

The workshop will include a discussion about water audits and determining the quantity of Non-Revenue Water (NRW) for the system, including assessing the nature of the NRW. Methods to address NRW and dealing with declining revenues related to declining water use will also be discussed.

Presentations and hands on activities will be based on experiences and data from actual water systems.

Who Should Attend
For public works directors, water utility managers, operators and maintenance staff, and finance staff

This workshop is designed for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer customers, though systems of any size may attend.

This workshop has been submitted to the state for continuing education credit.

This workshop is being cosponsored by the CA-NV Section AWWA.

 

 

Georgia | Water Loss Workshop for Small Water Systems

Funding CoordinationLocation: UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, 15 RDC Rd. Tifton, GA 3179
Cost: FREE!
Date: September 1, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM 

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Why Attend 

This workshop will introduce participants to establishing an effective water loss control program for their water system.

You Will Learn   

  • The different components of the water balance equation
  • How to perform a water audit
  • How to address non-revenue water including  apparent losses and real losses (leakage)

This workshop has been submitted to the state for continuing education credits. 

 

Vermont | Financial Management Workshop

Funding CoordinationLocation: Champlain Water District, 403 Queen City Park Road, South Burlington, Vermont
Cost: Free!
Date: 9/10/2015
Time: 8:45 AM – 3:30 PM
Partner: New England Water Works Association

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The objective of this one-day workshop is to provide participants with financial tools to ensure their water systems can continue to deliver safe reliable water for years to come while ensuring financial sustainability. Topics will cover all aspects of the overall financial management and planning of the water system fund. This workshop is designed for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer people, especially targeting local government systems facing financial challenges. Information will be shared in lecture format, through interactive exercises, sharing of case examples, and by soliciting and answering participant system-specific questions and scenarios.

*This workshop was submitted to the state for continuing education credits.

WEBINAR: Identifying and Overcoming Challenges to Successful Water Utility Partnerships

capital_inset_2Location: Online – your computer
Cost: Free!

Date: 9/11/2015
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM EST / 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST
Presenter: Jeff Hughes, Director, EFC at UNC Chapel Hill

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This webinar will explore the challenges water systems, particularly small water systems, face when entering into agreements and partnerships with other water systems. The webinar will examine a variety of partnership models, but will focus primarily on agreements to sell and buy water under different conditions. The webinar will examine agreement challenges and strategies that take into consideration local water supply objectives –is the agreement being used to provide a permanent water supply; a time limited water supply that allows for postponement of new facilities;  a periodic water supply during times of drought or peak demand;  or an emergency water supply times during times of crisis. The webinar will include a brief overview of water system agreements and common challenges and the presentation of several example case study scenarios. Participants will have the opportunity to provide their opinions about they evaluate entering into different types of agreements under different circumstances.

Nevada | Water 101: The Basics of Water System Governance

ID-100164943 2Location: Part of the Nevada League conference
Cost: Free!
Date: week of September 28th, 2015

City Councils and Water District Boards have a lot to consider: Federal and state regulations; hiring qualified operators; setting affordable rates; and conducting effective meetings, as well as many other necessary managerial, financial and technical aspects to operating a high quality water utility. Boards are challenged to make the right decisions with complex issues on a routine basis which is no easy task. This session is designed to cover the basics of managerial, financial and technical water system governance and role of the board and council.

New York | Leadership Workshop for Small Water Systems

Funding CoordinationLocation:Waterloo Fire House, 39 East Water Street, Waterloo, NY 13165
Cost: FREE!
Date: October 6-7, 2015
Time: 10/6/2015: 8:00am – 5:00pm, 10/7/2015: 8:00am – Noon

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This workshop, conducted by expert facilitators from the Environmental Finance Center at Dominican University of California, will incorporate examples, stories and tools that will:

  • Provide the skills to understand and better manage interactions with staff, board and/or the community,
  • Introduce tools to help reduce conflict and plan for the future, and
  • Improve participants’ ability to turn dry numbers into a compelling story and message.

Presenters: Sarah Diefendorf & Lauralee Barbaria

This workshop is designed for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer customers, though systems of any size may attend. 

New York | Financial Management Workshop

Funding CoordinationLocation: Homewood Suites by Hilton Newburgh-Stewart Airport (Cadet’s Room – A), 180 Breunig Rd., New Windsor, NY 12553
Cost: Free!
Date: 10/15/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Partners: New York Section AWWA

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The objective of this one-day workshop is to provide participants with financial tools to ensure their water systems can continue to deliver safe reliable water for years to come while ensuring financial sustainability. Topics will cover all aspects of the overall financial management and planning of the water system fund. This workshop is designed for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer people, especially targeting local government systems facing financial challenges. Information will be shared in lecture format, through interactive exercises, sharing of case examples, and by soliciting and answering participant system-specific questions and scenarios.

*This workshop information was submitted for continuing education credits.

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