Affordability-Financial Capability

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The nation’s public clean water agencies, as well as the communities and households they serve, are facing ongoing impacts from the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression.  In this context, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and States with delegated Clean Water Act authority continue to impose costly regulatory requirements on, and pursue enforcement actions against, these utilities without fully considering the economic conditions impacting these agencies and the effectiveness of these expenditures in meeting environmental goals. NACWA is working to establish a new approach to assessing affordability and community financial capability limits that incorporates sound economic principles and encourages flexibility and innovation towards meeting the goals of the Clean Water Act in a sustainable manner.

 

 

2016

12/13 NACWA Letter icon-pdf NACWA Transition Letter to President-Elect Trump  
11/22 Clean Water Current   NACWA Board and Committee Leaders Evaluate Election Results, Strategize Key Advocacy Priorities  
11/14 Clean Water Current   Election Dramatically Reshapes Power in DC; Infrastructure Poised as Top Priority  
10/25 Clean Water Current   NACWA Continues Strong Advocacy on WRDA  
08/24 NACWA Letter icon-pdf NACWA Letter to Clinton Campaign  
08/24 NACWA Letter icon-pdf NACWA Letter to Trump Campaign  
07/11 Clean Water Current   Association Comments on EPA Environmental Justice Plan, Calls for Greater Focus on Affordability Concerns  
05/16 Clean Water Current   NACWA Helps Facilitate Congressional Briefing on Low Income Rate Assistance  
05/12 Briefing Presentation icon-pdf Congressional Briefing on Water and Wastewater Rate Affordability for Low-Income Ratepayers  
02/12 Clean Water Current   New House Bill Highlights Congressional Focus On Low Income Rate Assistance  
01/22 Clean Water Current   NACWA Discusses Affordability Issues On Capitol Hill
 
01/22 Clean Water Current   Flint Water Crisis Highlights Water Infrastructure, Affordability Concerns  
01/15 Draft Utility Letter   Draft Utility Letter of Support to for The Clean Water Compliance and Affordability Act - House (.docx)  
01/15 Draft Utility Letter   Draft Utility Letter of Support to for The Clean Water Compliance and Affordability Act - Senate (.docx)  
01/15 Clean Water Current   Association Urges Support for Clean Water Compliance & Affordability Act  
01/15 Clean Water Current   NACWA Highlights Affordability at White House Event  
01/12 NACWA Letter icon-pdf NACWA Letter of Support for The Clean Water Compliance and Affordability Act  
01/12 NACWA Letter icon-pdf  NACWA Letter of Support for The Clean Water Compliance and Affordability Act  

 

 

 

2015

10/23 Clean Water Current   Congressional Research Service Report Highlights Integrated Planning, Affordability  
10/23 Clean Water Current   NACWA, Water Associations Discuss Report on Low-Income Assistance Programs with EPA  
09/11 Clean Water Current   Sen. Brown Announces Plans to Move Forward with Affordability Legislation  
09/04 Clean Water Current   NACWA Talks Financing, Affordability with GAO  
06/26 Clean Water Current   NACWA, Water Sector Groups Meet to Discuss Potential Federal Program to Address Water Affordability  

 

 

2014

12/12 Clean Water Current   NACWA Meets with Stakeholders and EPA on Affordability, Climate key
12/12 Clean Water Current   Mayors Release California Affordability Report; NACWA to Ramp Up Advocacy key
11/26 EPA Memorandum icon-pdf EPA's Financial Capability Framework - November 2014  
11/07 Clean Water Current   NACWA Hosts Meeting to Discuss Financial Capacity/Affordability Issues key 
08/01 Clean Water Current   Reps. Latta, Walz Urge House Members to Co-Sponsor Affordability Bill key
08/01 Clean Water Current   NACWA Weighs In on EPA Financial Capability Framework key
07/29 NACWA Comments icon-pdf NACWA Comments on EPA's Draft Financial Capability Framework  

 

2013

05/31 Clean Water Current   New Financial Capability White Paper Highlights Opportunities of Integrated Planning & Consent Decree Negotiations key
05/31 NACWA White Paper icon-pdf The Evolving Landscape for Financial Capability Assessment – Clean Water Act Negotiations and the Opportunities of Integrated Planning  
04/05 Clean Water Current   Rep. Latta to Reintroduce and Expand Clean Water Affordability Act key
04/05 Clean Water Current   NACWA Hosts Region 10 Integrated Planning Workshop in the City of Roses key
03/29 Clean Water Current   NACWA Meets with USCM, NLC, and NACo to Discuss Affordability Issues key
03/01 Clean Water Current   Affordability, Hurricane Sandy Repsonse the Focus of EPA National Association Outreach Meeting key
02/22 Clean Water Current   NACWA Discusses Affordability with Members of Congress key
02/15 Clean Water Current   NACWA, Water Sector Groups Meet with EPA Staff, Focus Is on Utility of the Future and Affordability key
01/25 Clean Water Current   NACWA, ACWA, WEF and EPA Partner on Regional Integrated Planning Workshop key

 

2012

10/26 Clean Water Current icon-pdf Clean Water Agencies, State Regulators, EPA Meet to Discuss Integrated Planning key
09/19 Workshop Agenda icon-pdf Draft Agenda for NACWA/ACWA Integrated Planning Workshop key
09/07 Clean Water Current   NACWA, ACWA to Co-Convene a Region 3 Workshop on Integrated Planning key

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