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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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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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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Capital ideas

February 14, 2012 |

In the midst of the budgetary process, perhaps the biggest question is what to do about capital improvements – those big projects that are needed to repair or improve the system but are costly and can take a long time…

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Asset Life Expectancy Guide

January 9, 2012 |

Much of our nation's water infrastructure—the systems that treat, distribute, collect, and clean water—was built nearly a century ago for a much smaller population that now exists. It is aging and often overburdened. When you figure in that there are…

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Budget Worksheet for Water Systems

January 9, 2012 |

A worksheet in Microsoft Excel format that provides a general overview of the annual budget. Calculations are performed automatically within the Excel program.

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Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS)

January 5, 2012 |

CUPSS is a free, easy-to-use, asset-management tool for small drinking water and wastewater utilities. CUPSS provides a simple, comprehensive approach based on EPA's highly successful Simple Tools for Effective Performance (STEP) Guide series. Use CUPSS to help you develop: A…

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ARRA Registering and Reporting Guide for Water

December 13, 2011 |

ARRA Registering and Reporting Guide for Water/Wastewater Systems with Loans/Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Utilities Service Walks communities that received loans of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds through USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) (for water and…

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USDA Rural Utilities Service Borrower’s Guide: A How-to for Water and Wastewater Loans from USDA Rural Development

December 13, 2011 |

Important notice that pertains to Section 2 of this guide (namely CCR registration for borrowers)>CCR is Going Away -- What to Expect (UPDATE) At the end of July 2012, the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system is going away. CCR, along…

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