What Are the Financial Opportunities and Challenges Facing Water Utilities?

3 Oct 2023  |  Episode #79  |  with Isabel Kezman

In today’s episode, Reese Tisdale and Senior Municipal Water Analyst Isabel Kezman provide a financial overview of the U.S. water industry discussing the markets, challenges, and regional differences. Isabel breaks down regional footprints of key federal, state, and private funding sources for the water sector.

This episode highlights examples of innovative utility funding and financing strategies, such as green bonds, innovative rate structures, public-private partnerships, financial technology, and advanced asset management.

The referenced analysis inspects historical expenditure trends over the past 50 years, leading up to historic federal funding for the water sector.

Key talking points:

  • Historical view of expenditure trends over time
  • What’s behind the decline in capital expenditure?
  • What are the primary sources of funds across federal and state / government levels?
  • Analysis of IIJA and SRF funding

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