A new series of educational videos produced by the Environmental Finance Center at UNC Chapel Hill, with support from the Water Research Foundation, offers an engaging, accessible, and easily shareable resource on financial management topics designed specifically for water utility governing boards. The Water₡lips Video Series describes challenges faced by water utilities across the country using eye catching visualizations and easy to understand explanations of concepts that can otherwise be daunting.
The EFC is partnering with the Southern Municipal Finance Society (a part of the National Federation of Municipal Finance Analysts) to host the Public Finance and Environmental Sustainability Conference. This conference will bring together experts and key stakeholders to discuss current trends and the innovative strategies and new technologies that are emerging in this field.
This Rates Dashboard allows water and wastewater utilities across the State of Virginia to compare and benchmark their rates, affordability, rates characteristics and financial practices. Data were provided by Draper Aden Associates in their Annual Virginia Water & Wastewater Rates Survey.
Our Georgia interactive rates and financial benchmarking dashboard has a new look and many new features and functions. It is designed to assist utility managers and local officials with analyzing residential water and wastewater rates against multiple characteristics, including utility finances, system characteristics, customer base socioeconomic conditions, and geography.
Use our free Water and Wastewater Rates Analysis Model to help set water and/or wastewater rates next year by projecting the utility's expenses, revenues from rates, and fund balance for the next few years. Data inputs are minimal, and the tool has been updated to offer several new features and improvements to make it easier to test scenarios and help determine whether the utility needs to adjust rates in order to achieve financial sufficiency.
One of the greatest challenges facing many U.S. communities today is supporting a growing population with limited water resources. Conservation is widely acknowledged as a critical part of the solution, but often utility conservation efforts are heavily focused on existing customers and ignore new customers at the crux of the challenge.