EPA’s Proposed Guidance on Communities’ Financial Capability Assessment Strikes Needed Balance

To maintain water services and comply with Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations, water utilities routinely must make financial investments in critical infrastructure upgrades. To ensure compliance, water utilities work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to negotiate a years-long “implementation schedule” for pollution control measures that factors in community demographics, the financial health of the utility and/or municipality (such as existing amounts of municipal debt or bond ratings), and existing levels of pollution.

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PODCAST: Introducing Blue Access

Water is the most critical environmental issue of the 21st century. Lack of infrastructure, water pollution and contamination, water waste, a growing population, and changing climate conditions all contribute to the global water crisis. In this inaugural episode of The Current, Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, a lifelong advocate for human rights, female empowerment, and sustainability, speaks with Blue Access CEO Kathy Robb, about how the new company is working to develop innovative sustainable finance solutions to address critical water issues. With a primary focus on water access in underserved communities, initial work includes a five-city pilot survey project; the creation of a scientific research fellowship with Columbia Engineering, and laying the foundation with partners to create a “Blue Bank” to fund priority water access projects.

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