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Archive for the ‘Drinking Water’ Category

Making the Grade: Wastewater and Drinking Water

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Making the Grade: Wastewater and Drinking Water

Drinking water and wastewater infrastructure are critical to public health, but are too often forgotten. In the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, ASCE graded drinking water a D and wastewater a D+. With action, we can improve the nation’s water infrastructure: watch the video and visit https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/ to learn how.

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2017 Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
2017 Infrastructure Report Card: D+

Our nation is at a crossroads. Deteriorating infrastructure is impeding our ability to compete in the thriving global economy, and improvements are necessary to ensure our country is built for the future. While we have made some progress, reversing the trajectory after decades of underinvestment in our infrastructure requires transformative action from Congress, states, infrastructure owners, and the American people…Our nation’s infrastructure challenges are significant but solvable. Through strategic, sustained investment, bold leadership, comprehensive planning, and careful preparation for the needs of the future, America’s infrastructure will be improved and restored.

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ASCE 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
ASCE 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs, assigning grades and making recommendations to raise them. The 2017 Report Card found the national grade for infrastructure to be a D+. So what does that mean? Watch to find out and learn more at www.infrastructurereportcard.org

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Costs, Regulation, and Financing of Massachusetts Water Infrastructure: Implications for Municipal Budgets

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Increase in Precipitation Events

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF THE STATE AUDITOR Suzanne M. Bump, State Auditor Executive Summary In Massachusetts, water infrastructure of all kinds—drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems—is primarily a local responsibility. The Division of Local Mandates (DLM) within the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) has undertaken this Municipal Impact Study to examine the financial impact […]

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Get the Lead Out: Ensuring Safe Drinking Water for Our Children at School

Monday, February 20th, 2017
U.S. PIRG: Drinking Water in Schools

The health threat of lead in schools’ water deserves immediate attention from state and local policymakers for two reasons. First, lead is highly toxic and especially damaging to children — impairing how they learn, grow, and behave. So, we ought to be particularly vigilant against this health threat at schools and pre-schools, where our children spend their days learning and playing.

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Investing in water: Comparing utility finances and economic concerns across U.S. cities

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
Table 1: Six Categories to Gauge Water Investment Performance, 97 Cities

This brief describes the current context for local water infrastructure investment in the United States, with a particular focus on large drinking water utilities. As concerns continue to ripple from incidents in Flint, Mich. and beyond, cities remain at the forefront of many investment challenges, yet they often do not have a clear sense of where they stand relative to other markets. By examining how cities vary across three measures of utility finances— operational performance, long-term debt, and rates—and three broader economic measures affecting system performance—changes in population, changes in median household income, and the share of lower-income households—this brief attempts to paint a more complete picture of regional water investment.

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Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act

Monday, December 19th, 2016
WIIN Act

The WIIN Act is a measure that includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, which overwhelmingly passed the House in September, in addition to provisions to improve drinking water infrastructure around the country, address control of coal combustion residuals, improve water storage and delivery to help drought-stricken communities, address federal dam maintenance backlogs, and approve longstanding water settlement agreements for the benefit of taxpayers and Native Americans.

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One Water Roadmap: The Sustainable Management of Life’s Most Essential Resource

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
The One Water approach recognizes that water must be managed in ways that respect and respond to the natural flows of watersheds and the natural ecosystem, geology, and hydrology of an area

U.S. WATER ALLIANCE Water is our world’s most precious resource and essential to everything we do. It nourishes us. It cleans and sustains us. Put simply, we ARE water. On average, every American uses 176 gallons of water per day—that is over 64,000 gallons a year. Food production alone is responsible for 80 percent of all […]

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Financial Needs for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Indiana

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
Figure ES1. Working estimates of water and wastewater capital needs in Indiana 2015–2034

Financial Needs for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Indiana (2015–2034) is an assessment of water and wastewater infrastructure needs in Indiana. This study is sponsored by the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR) and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The Indiana Association of Regional Councils provided research assistance. The Indiana Finance Authority State Revolving Loan Programs (SRF), U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development – Indiana (USDA RD), ACEC Indiana Funding Sources Committee, and the Indiana Rural Wastewater Task Force provided additional assistance and important feedback during the effort.

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Water Infrastructure: Information on Selected Midsize and Large Cities with Declining Populations

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Figure 1: Location of U.S. Cities with 2010 Populations of 50,000 and Greater That Experienced a Decline in Population from 1980 to 2010

Many midsize and large cities throughout the United States, including the Midwest and Northeast, have lost a substantial percentage of their population. These cities face the challenge of a corresponding decline in utility revenues from a loss of ratepayers, which makes it difficult to address their water infrastructure needs. Overall, water and wastewater utilities across the United States face substantial costs to maintain, upgrade, or replace aging and deteriorating infrastructure—approximately $655 billion for water and wastewater utilities over the next 20 years according to EPA’s most recent estimates.

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