Utility & Resource Management
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Find out more about NACWA’s efforts with the Water Sector Collaboration on Effective Utility Management Committee as well as other initiative and projects designed to help utilities find solutions to their management challenges.
NACWA’s Financial Survey and Index provide an unparalleled look at the clean water sector’s revenues, expense capital needs, sewer service charges, rates and more. NACWA works to ensure Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have access to and understand this critical utility investment information.
Cities and communities nationwide need to repair, replace and rehabilitate their aging and failing pipes and plants and build new infrastructure to comply with increasingly complex regulations to protect public health and safeguard the environment. The funding gap between what is now being spent and what is needed for capital projects in our communities – and the potential consequences of further inaction – is in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Simply stated, there is an unprecedented consensus that the nation's rivers, lakes and streams will face irreparable harm if we fail to act now.
Over the last 40 years, communities have been responding to a growing list of Clean Water Act regulatory mandates to improve the nation's water quality. Oftentimes taking on compounded wastewater and stormwater responsibilities, many communities are struggling to allocate dwindling resources to these many clean water efforts. EPA has recognized the regulated community’s need for flexibility, and developed its Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework (Framework) in 2012. NACWA and its members have been working with EPA and state water regulators to ensure the Framework can be utilized by communities when appropriate.
The nation's publicly owned treatment works are continually working to secure their facilities and improve their preparedness for terrorist attaches, natural disasters and all other threats. NACWA works with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other water sector associations on projects that will help utilities with their security and emergency preparedness. NACWA's advocacy in this area focuses on preserving local choices for utilities and obtaining funding for any mandatory security measures.