Rate Setting – The Small System Challenge

April 6, 2021 | Drinking Water, General RCAP News, Rates

By Jean Holloway, Delaware and Maryland State Manager, SERCAP  Small water and wastewater utilities face many challenges in structuring user rates that are fair and equitable to the customer and provide sufficient revenue for the utilities’ operations and future needs. Government and quasi-government owned…

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Three Things to Do Before a Rate Change

June 4, 2019 | General RCAP News, Rates

Written by: Jean Holloway Your water utility needs more money to operate. Costs are rising; there hasn’t been a lot of growth in the customer base; everything is just more expensive and the money coming from rates isn’t enough. The…

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USDA Announces Funding to Improve Rural Water Systems Nationwide and Upgrade Water Infrastructure in Rural Alaska Villages

October 29, 2014 | Rates

USDA has announced more than $352 million in loans and grants to upgrade rural water and wastewater systems nationwide as well as make improvements in rural Alaska villages.  We are pleased to see that many of these grant and loan…

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Business Insider: Shoppers are suing bottled water manufacturers for repackaging tap water

January 2, 2013 | Poverty, Rates, Rural

Business Insider reported on Dec. 19 that the owners of a Chicago plumbing-supply store are suing Nestle because it did not reveal in its advertisings for bottled water that the store was buying was actually municipal tap water.Read the full…

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Updated data now available through EPA’s Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution Data Access Tool

November 15, 2012 | Conservation, Efficiency, Rates, Water

EPA has added updated data in the Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution Data Access Tool (NPDAT), a tool intended to help states develop effective nitrogen and phosphorus source-reduction strategies. Specifically, the updates include the Facilities Likely to Discharge Nitrogen/Phosphorus (N/P) to…

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EPA releases support guide for water utilities on containment and disposal of large amounts of contaminated water

November 8, 2012 | Assistance, EPA, Management, Rates, Sewer, Training, Wastewater, Water

EPA has released the Containment and Disposal of Large Amounts of Contaminated Water: A Support Guide for Water Utilities. The guide serves as a reference document for the preparation and response to a contamination event when rapid decision making is…

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Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) Train-the-Trainer webinar series

August 31, 2012 | Rates, Water

This 6-hour presentation will consist of comprehensive training on how to use the CUPSS asset management software. It will closely follow the CUPSS Users Guide; an overview of each module (with screenshots) followed by exercises on how to use the…

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EPA training webinars on the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool

November 10, 2011 | Rates, Sewer, Water

The Climate-Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) supports water-sector utilities in conducting climate-related risk assessments, evaluating adaptation options, and understanding climate threats. EPA is currently delivering a nine-webinar series of training materials for CREAT that will continue through November 15…

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