Aging Infrastructure Spending and Tight Budgets Require Creative Funding

It is no surprise to local leaders that federal and state aging infrastructure spending has been dropping for years. However, cities are still faced with the issue of funding maintenance and rehabilitation – and sometimes expansion – of important infrastructure. As our aging infrastructure reaches the end of its usable lifespan and the responsibility for […]

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How Much Is An Aging System Costing Your Water Utility?

You may think you’re saving money by delaying capital improvements and approaching repairs on a reactive, instead of proactive, basis. After all, addressing aging infrastructure is a pricey proposition. But so is losing thousands, or possibly millions, of gallons of treated, potable water to an inefficient, aging system and its leaky pipes. American water utilities […]

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National League of Cities (NLC) 2019 Housing Report

Earlier this month the National League of Cities (NLC) released a comprehensive affordable housing report entitled “Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing” Rising home prices and stagnant wages have put tremendous strain on housing markets across the country. Housing is in a state of crisis in America — and cities, towns and villages are […]

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Encourage Water Conservation with These Four Tools

Water seems ubiquitous – we turn on the tap, and it’s there. However, less than two percent of water on the planet is freshwater, and only 1 percent is available as drinking water – the rest is frozen. The United Nations predicts that two-thirds of the world population will be water-stressed by 2025. The U.S. uses 322 billion gallons […]

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Preserving Our Nation’s History While Improving Infrastructure

A historic home is the pride of many a homeowner, and it adds curb appeal to neighborhoods in your city. A historic home has an average of 5 percent more value over similarly sized homes in the same area, and homes in historic districts usually hold steady value, but improving infrastructure while maintaining or upgrading historic […]

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Looking At the Future of Infrastructure

As Congress and the president eye a bipartisan effort at improving our aging infrastructure, the time for a wide-reaching infrastructure program to rebuild water, electric, transportation and information infrastructure, is now. The need for locally-based planning and financial partnerships, not only to repair and maintain our infrastructure, but to make significant improvements through innovation, is […]

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Aging Infrastructure Leads to Lost Money and Public Health Concerns

It is no secret that our country’s aging infrastructure is worsening, and that there is no one guiding agency or overall plan to address myriad issues from crumbling water pipes to inflow and infiltration overloading storm and wastewater sewers. Lead and Asbestos Even as headlines warn of public health crises such as lead in Flint, […]

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Infrastructure Needs and Stretched Budgets Addressed by P3s

Our infrastructure is aging, our national deficit growing and our tax revenue just isn’t up to the task – not without politically unpopular and potentially devastating increases. So public-private partnerships, or P3s, are a way to stretch those tax dollars to make necessary repairs or upgrades, addressing infrastructure needs. P3s are designed so the cost of the project […]

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Water Infrastructure Crisis: Data in the Six Pillar Solution – A Message from John Kitzie, CEO

In a previous newsletter we introduced the idea of Six Pillars that must be addressed to reverse the dire state of America’s water infrastructure. The solution lies in leadership and a plan that addresses these many challenges comprehensively. Pillar #1 was Education. Pillar #2 is Data. Aging water infrastructure, conflicting priorities, and thin budgets continue to challenge water […]

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Rebuilding Sewage and Water Infrastructure Is Urgently Needed Publicly and Privately

That our national sewage and water infrastructure is in dire shape is no surprise to anyone – nearly ten years ago, the New York Times wrote an article warning of the then 240,000 estimated water main breaks occurring each year, marveling that, in some parts of the country, portions of water systems were made of ancient, […]

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