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Show me the money: New AWWA/EPA workshop addresses infrastructure financing

Water utilities seeking solutions for funding infrastructure renewal and replacement have a new source of useful information – a virtual workshop about financing solutions hosted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

WIFIA/SRF WorkshopThe interactive workshop, Financing Solutions for Water Infrastructure, will be presented Aug. 25-26. It will bring together finance experts from throughout the water sector to discuss programs that can help utilities finance water infrastructure projects. 

These potential financing resources include the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) managed by EPA and the Clean Water and Drinking Water state revolving funds (SRF) programs. During the workshop, leaders in innovative financing options will share case studies, lead discussions and participate on panels addressing topics to help participants explore various financing alternatives. 

Aurel Arndt“During my service on AWWA’s Water Utility Council and as the Association’s past treasurer, I talked with many members who said water infrastructure financing continues to be one of their biggest challenges,” said Aurel Arndt (pictured right), retired chief executive officer and former chief financial officer at Lehigh County Water Authority.

“I encourage utility and municipal financial officers and other infrastructure finance professionals to attend this workshop to determine how to pursue the best solutions to meet their infrastructure financing needs,” he added. “The workshop will highlight why the best result is often found by combining several funding programs. Participants will learn how to identify their best path and how to successfully execute that financing.”

The workshop will be especially helpful for:

  • State Clean Water and Drinking Water SRF and Financing Authority managers and staff
  • Water, wastewater and stormwater utility senior managers, including chief executive officers, general managers and chief financial officers
  • Municipal finance professionals
  • EPA, WIFIA and SRF staff