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Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center

Water Finance Webinars and Forums

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Upcoming Water Finance Webinar

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Past Water Finance Webinars

Water Utilities Financial Impact Tool and 2020 COVID-19 Water Sector Survey Webinar

EPA hosted a webinar on September 30, 2020 on the Water Utilities Financial Impact Tool and the 2020 COVID-19 Water Sector Survey. The webinar included a live demonstration of the tool and a discussion on the survey. The tool leads water utilities through questions that can determine how their revenues, expenses, and cashflow have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey intends to assess the challenges and needs faced by the water sector during the COVID-19 pandemic to determine if they have sufficient resources to continue their operations and provide safe drinking water and wastewater treatment during the COVID-19 national emergency.

  • Sonia Brubaker, Director, EPA Water Finance Center
  • Dawn Ison, EPA Water Security Division
  • Britney Vazquez, EPA Water Finance Center
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Proposed 2020 Financial Capability Assessment for Clean Water Act Obligations – Informational Webinar

EPA hosted an informational webinar on September 22, 2020 to provide an overview of its proposed 2020 Financial Capability Assessment (FCA) for Clean Water Act (CWA) schedule development. The 2020 FCA proposal explores how customers’ ability to pay for service impacts the affordability of capital expenditures and operation and maintenance needed to ensure CWA compliance. When finalized, the 2020 FCA will support negotiations of schedules for implementing CWA requirements for municipalities and local authorities.

EPA will accept comments for 30 days via the Federal eRulemaking portal (, referencing Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OW–2020–0426.

Comments must be received on or before October 19, 2020.

  • Sonia Brubaker, Director, EPA Water Finance Center
  • Sarah Rae, Attorney-Adviser, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Water Enforcement Division
  • Shari Barash, Chief, EPA Office of Water, Standards and Health Protection Division, National Branch
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Sustainable Financial Management Planning for Water Utilities

EPA hosted a one-hour webinar on June 15, 2020 to hear about key themes and case studies from utilities around the country that are developing and implementing sustainable financing practices. The webinar provides examples and lessons other utilities can use as they begin or continue their own journeys toward fiscal sustainability. Water sector utilities across the nation face increasing financial challenges due to aging infrastructure, population changes, cost increases, and environmental challenges. To find solutions, utilities are looking for innovative approaches to build a sustainable foundation to prepare for the future.

  • Rod Kappes, General Manager, Brown Day Marshall Rural Water System, Inc.
  • Jay Bernas, Chief Financial Officer, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Virginia
  • Ted Henifin, General Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Virginia
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Innovative Financing Strategies for Reducing Nutrients

Innovative Financing Strategies for Reducing Nutrients Webinars - Learn about innovative financing mechanisms in both the public and private sectors for reducing nutrients. Each webinar delves into case studies of successful approaches from across the country.
  • Federal Financing for Nutrient Reductions: Grants and Lending Opportunities - June 12, 2019
  • Private Sector Financing Solutions for Nutrient Reductions - June 26, 2019
  • Funding Landscape-Scale Nutrient Reductions - July 10, 2019
  • Upcoming: Stormwater Financing Solutions for Nutrient Reductions - July 24, 2019

Leading-Edge Stormwater Financing

Leading-Edge Stormwater Financing Webinars - Learn how to identify financing strategies to support your stormwater management program. This webinar series explores both traditional stormwater financing strategies as well as new and innovative approaches. Each webinar, hosted in collaboration with the Water Environment Federation, provides a deep-dive, technical overview of specific successful and leading-edge examples of how communities support their stormwater programs. 
  • Success with Stormwater Fees - September 12, 2018
  • Washington DC’s Stormwater Retention Credit Program - May 23, 2017
  • DC Water’s Environmental Impact Bond (EIB) - May 11, 2017

Drinking Water and Wastewater Customer Assistance Programs 

Learn how drinking water and wastewater utilities are implementing customer assistance programs (CAPs) created for customers having difficulty paying for water and sewer bills. CAPs help all customers receive the public health benefits of drinking water and wastewater services, while also helping utilities meet their financial needs and obligations.​

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Disaster Recovery Financing for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Disaster Recovery Financing Webinar - Learn how states and communities use SRF, FEMA, and other financing approaches to recover from a disaster. Utility and state speakers share their tips and examples. 

Resilience Mitigation Financing for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Resilience Mitigation Financing Webinar - Find tools and financing resources to conduct resilience planning and to mitigate impacts before a disaster strikes. Utilities share stories about investing in resilient infrastructure.

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Past Water Finance Forums

Innovative Financing Strategies for Reducing Nutrients Workshop

On August 14, 2019, EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) co-hosted an in-person all-day workshop in Washington, D.C. spotlighting creative and innovative approaches to financing strategies to help reduce nutrient pollutants in our Nation’s waters. The workshops highlighted innovative approaches for financing nutrient reduction across the country, identified ways private sector and public sector funds can be leveraged for nutrient reduction projects, and scoped ways EPA and USDA can help increase funding opportunities and awareness of innovative funding approaches.

EPA Regional Stormwater Workshops

Stormwater Financing: Innovative Opportunities to Help You Address Your Stormwater Challenges
EPA is hosting a series of in-person workshops throughout the country in 2019 on stormwater financing challenges and successes at the local level.

The first workshop, held July 9, 2019, in Boston, Massachusetts, was a facilitated discussion on current funding sources for stormwater projects and how they are being used. It covered gaps for long-term operation and maintenance, including the affordability of stormwater infrastructure through various funding sources. Regionally-specific stormwater challenges were covered.

Financing Resilient and Sustainable Water Infrastructure

The Center hosts a series of regional water finance forums. These forums bring together communities with drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater project financing needs in an interactive peer-to-peer networking format to:

  • Hear how communities have made financing decisions with sustainable operations in mind;
  • Network with peers on implementing successful financing strategies; and
  • Interact with experts to discuss local infrastructure financing needs.

Participants include community leaders, decision makers, water systems, wastewater utilities, stormwater utilities programs, technical assistance providers, consultants, and staff from state and federal programs that fund water sector projects or implement water sector programs.

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