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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
New reports highlight pricing & financing tools for water systems
Learn more:Measuring and Mitigating Water Revenue Variability: Understanding How
Pricing Can Advance Conservation Without Undermining Utilities' Revenue
As water utilities across North America look to the market to finance
the replacement and expansion of outdated water delivery systems, the
need for confident revenue projections grows. With many hundreds of
billions of dollars of needed water infrastructure investment on the
horizon, it is more important than ever to anticipate how changing water
use patterns and rates drive revenue risk.
This report examines real financial and water use data from three North
American water utilities to demonstrate how rate structures can mitigate
or intensify revenue variability. It also introduces alternative
financial and pricing strategies that can assist water utilities in
stabilizing revenue without compromising the commitment to water
Download the report. Bond Financing Distributed Water Systems: How to Make Better Use of our Most Liquid Market for Financing Water Infrastructure
Across the United States, communities are planning major investments in
water conservation and green stormwater infrastructure to manage
droughts and floods.While these distributed approaches to managing
water are often more cost-effective than building new reservoirs,
pipelines, tunnels and treatment plants, figuring out how to finance
them is challenged by the widespread belief that utilities can use their
debt only to build projects they own outright. With limited cash
available for distributed water solutions, it is no surprise that these
types of investments struggle to keep pace with debt-financed
This report asks the question, can we learn from cities like Seattle,
Las Vegas and New York City how to make better use of the bond market to
finance this new type of infrastructure?
Download the report.
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