February 2017 Vol. 72 No. 2


Water Research Foundation Publishes Report On Infrastructure Funding

The Water Research Foundation (WRF), a leading sponsor of innovative research supporting the water community, has published a new report to help utilities assess several new and emerging capital financing alternatives. The report indicates that while new options may help, utilities still need sufficient and sustained revenue to pay for the financing, and that revenue will need to come from service rates.

Final deliverables from the project, New and Emerging Capital Providers for Infrastructure Funding (#4617), include 11 case studies covering financing alternatives such as green bonds, century bonds, public-private partnerships, public-public partnerships, private placements, WIFIA, self-financing, and integrated financing.

The project also produced an interactive decision support tool to assist utility finance managers in assessing the potential applicability of the various new and emerging capital financing alternatives highlighted in this research report.

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