Understanding how the Money is Supposed to Flow: Water Infrastructure Funding and Finance 101

Jun
18
Tuesday, 06/18/2019
1:00 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST

Event Info

Understanding how the Money is Supposed to Flow: Water Infrastructure Funding and Finance 101

Tuesday, June 18th 1:00-2:30PM EST
Presenter:Stacey Isaac Berahzer, CEO of IB Environmental
Summary of Webinar: In the first of a four-part webinar series, Stacey Isaac Berahzer will provide an overview of  where water, wastewater and stormwater utilities are positioned in the local government framework (e.g. local government departments, authorities, etc.) , and how this positioning affects their financial flexibility. We will take a look at the “fund accounting” approach in local government finance to better understand the rules that should keep water rate revenues preserved for water. Participants will be provided with a couple of quick ways to check utility financial health.
We will then take a tour of where the money for these projects comes from, including, loans (such as the State Revolving Funds), grants, bonds, user fees, assessments, impact fees and taxes and resources for where to learn more.
Series Description: Investment in water infrastructure including drinking water, wastewater and stormwater lags well behind what is needed to ensure safe, clean and affordable water, and water systems are struggling to maintain and rehabilitate the nation’s aging infrastructure. This four-part webinar series will look at how communities generate the money for water projects (both traditional pipes and treatment as well as green infrastructure), how investment decisions are made and how local organizations can play a role.
Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9043719932269254924

River Network recently released a Drinking Water Guide that includes a section on What Does Drinking Water Cost and What is My Water Bill Paying For? This four-part webinar series provides the chance to dig deeper into these issues and understand better how water infrastructure is currently paid for including issues of sustainability, affordability and equity. Webinar participants will also have the opportunity to follow up with the speakers on specific issues in online “office hours.”