Report: Credit Quality Remains Strong for Clean, Drinking Water SRF Programs
Financial Report - According to a recent report released by Standard & Poor’s, bonds issued under U.S. clean water and drinking water state revolving fund programs (SRFs) continue to enjoy very strong and stable credit quality. ... Read more
Texas Voters Pass $2 Billion Water Bill
Financial Report - Last week, Texas voters approved a plan that will authorize $2 billion in state funding to finance 50 years of water infrastructure projects.... Read more
Texas Voters Support Water Infrastructure Bill
Financial Report - According to a recent poll, Texas voters say they will support the ballot initiative in November to allocate $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to invest in water infrastructure projects.... Read more
LA County Sanitation Districts to Fund 10.7 Million in Sewer Rehab
Financial Report - Aegion Corp. recently announced that its subsidiary, Insituform Technologies, LLC (Insituform), has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $10.7 million from the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD).... Read more
Risk-Based Condition Assessment
Featured Articles - Water utilities across the United States face a major funding gap related to buried pipeline infrastructure. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the difference between what is needed for infrastructure renewal and what ... Read more
Krausz Industries Opens New U.S. Facility
Krausz Industries, based in Israel, recently announced the official opening of its new Ocala, Fla., facility that will provide coupling and repair clamp solutions for the U.S. water and wastewater industry. Read more
House Passes Bill to Exempt Hydrants from Lead Content Law
The AWWA is reporting that the U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would exempt fire hydrants from being subject to lead-safety regulations for drinking water that go into effect Jan. 4, 2014. Read more
National Council for Public-Private Partnerships Elects New Leadership
The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships’ (NCPPP) Board of Directors has elected a new leadership team for 2014 to accelerate the non-profit, non-partisan organization’s mission to advocate for public-private partnerships (PPPs) and provide related training and educational programs to a growing list of public- and private-sector members and organizations. Read more
Tom Iseley Speaking at Trenchless Technology Conference in China
Dr. Tom Iseley, clinical professor and director of construction engineering management technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), will speak at a pre-conference workshop for the China Hong Kong Society for Trenchless Technology (CHKSTT) conference in March. Read more
Water, Wastewater Included in New Infrastructure Legislation
Last month, a bipartisan coalition of 10 senators led by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), introduced legislation for a new infrastructure financing authority to help states and localities better leverage private funds to build and maintain the nation’s outdated infrastructure. Read more
Optimizing Water Performance: The How to Guide
With municipalities and water and sewer utilities across the country looking to increase efficiency and reduce costs, more are turning to new ways of conducting business. These can include brand new arrangements, such as entering into public-private partnerships (PPPs), or simply improving efficiency in existing business practices. By examining these practices across an entire enterprise, a utility can operate more efficiently and save money.
To help identify potential areas where improvement can be realized, UIM brings you this stand-alone supplement – “Optimizing Water Performance: The How to Guide.”
Alternative Financing Tools for Water Infrastructure.
The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act has garnered support
from a wide range of stakeholders, including contractors, engineers,
utilities, elected officials, labor, equipment manufacturers and more.
Water and wastewater infrastructure is critical to our economy. However, budget challenges across the nation combined with an everincreasing regulatory burden are combining to significantly strain this essential ingredient for development and growth in our communities.