Budget How-Tos

March 20, 2012 |

Tick, tock, tick, tock. The time is approaching to have those debits and credits in order, to know what will need repairs next year, what will need replacing and how you’re going to pay for all of it. It’s budget…

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Five Things You can do to Save on Energy in your Utility

March 19, 2012 |

by Scott A. Strahley, P.E., C.E.A. How can a drinking water or wastewater system in a rural community become more energy-efficient and, at the same time, reduce its operating budget? There are a few quick answers and easy targets in…

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Board Building Blocks

March 16, 2012 |

A successful water or wastewater system isn’t just about equipment, water sources, treatment systems or finances. It’s also about who’s in charge. In many cases, water and wastewater systems are run by a board of directors. This edition of eBulletin…

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Brace the Pipes and Bring on the Cold!

March 14, 2012 |

Ready or not, it’s here. By now, many parts of the country have faced chilly, and even below freezing, temperatures. As typical with Fall weather, the days are warm enough that the quick overnight freeze isn’t a major problem. Yet.…

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How does the Federal Budget Impact Rural Utilities?

March 14, 2012 |

How does the federal budget impact rural utilities? The level of federal funding available for water and wastewater infrastructure may vary significantly from year to year and can have a dramatic impact your community’s ability to secure funds for a…

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Based on a True Story

March 9, 2012 |

Water and wastewater systems have it tough nowadays. With an aging infrastructure and an ailing economy, it’s not easy to keep a system in compliance or make costly improvements or expansions. Sometimes, a system needs a little help, or just…

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CCRs: Getting them Ready, Getting them Out

March 9, 2012 |

Each year, there are big deadlines that must be met and often are dreaded because they involve some serious number crunching. For individuals, it’s income tax season. For county governments, it’s property tax billing and collection. For water systems, it’s…

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Benefits of Regionalization

March 9, 2012 |

Growing populations and a shrinking economy mean tough times for small water systems. In times like these, the best solution may be to band together. Regionalization Regionalization isn’t always the most desired solution, but it can be the best solution…

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ARRA Reporting: Getting it Straight

March 7, 2012 |

As budget time arrives, some water systems find they have additional budget reporting to do this year. Some systems received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, better known as the Stimulus. Those systems must report on…

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Building a Better Budget

March 7, 2012 |

Economic turbulence, new regulations, higher costs, Stimulus funding…it all makes for a heck of a budget nightmare. What will next year hold? Will you come out ahead, or will you need some help making it through? In this edition of…

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