November 21, 2011

We hope you like our new look as much as we do.  Please find below three recently published articles on the importance of corrosion-proof piping technologies and open procurement practices for cost-effective management of municipal water and wastewater infrastructure.

Former Utility CFO Urges Use of Corrosion-Proof Piping for Water Systems

Corrosion costs U.S. drinking water and wastewater systems over $50.7 billion annually, or more than $1 trillion dollars over the next twenty years. Municipalities can save 30-70 percent on their capital improvement plans by choosing durable, non-corrosive and cost-effective pipe made from materials like PVC. Click here to read more.

The Hill is the most widely read congressional newspaper, with a circulation of over 21,000.


Reduce Water Rate Increases Through Comprehensive Asset Management

Infrastructure expert Greg Baird warns of a coming "rate shock". With the current generation of metallic pipes having shorter lifespans, sometimes lasting less than 25 years, the next couple of decades will require that these and older pipes will need to be replaced at the same time, at enormous public cost. Click here to read more.

Dollars & Sense is the newsletter for the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), with a circulation of over 40,000.


Bond Market, Investors Concerned About Lack of Open Materials Selection

The bond market and
investors are becoming increasingly aware of the rising costs of water and sewer services and the reluctance of elected officials to increase rates necessary to maintain adequate financial stability. As lenders, they want to know that utilities are pursuing sustainable water infrastructure options like open materials selection of non-corrosive pipes like PVC and other infrastructure asset management best practices.  Click here to read more.

The Bond Buyer is the premier publication for infrastructure investment in the United States.
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Greg Baird is a former CFO of Colorado’s third-largest utility with financial oversight on the $750 million Prairie Waters Project and served as a California municipal finance officer. He is a columnist for the AWWA Journal, an active member of the American Water Works Association and serves on the Economic Development and Capital Planning Committee with the Government Finance Officers Association for the United States and Canada.
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