At the Transformative Issues Symposium on Affordability, water sector professionals from across North America will discuss the most important and challenging issues associated with the affordability of water rates that sustainably fund infrastructure projects. Rate increases can burden utility customers, particularly low-income customers, with the most highly impacted customers dedicating a significant portion of their household income toward water/wastewater utility bills. To reduce the impact, many utilities implemented programs to assist low-income customers within legislative frameworks at local, regional, and federal levels. This event will feature presentations by affordability thought leaders and engage attendees in facilitated discussions to help foster the exchange of ideas on this evolving topic.
For more information and to register, visit https://www.awwa.org/conferences-education/conferences/affordability.aspx.
Sponsored by the American Water Works Association and Water Environment Foundation.
Mon, April 3, 2017
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT
Los Angeles County Public Works
900 Fremont Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91803
Wed, April 5, 2017
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT
Elihu M. Harris State Office Building
1515 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94612
The EFC at Sacramento State is operated by the Office of Water Programs (OWP). OWP has provided cost-effective solutions for protecting and enhancing water resources, public health, and the environment through training, scientific research, and public education for over 40 years.
The EFC will serve Region 9 state and local governments, tribal communities, and the private sector in the areas of financial planning and asset management. The goal of the EFC is to enable these entities to become capable of funding environmental and public health services, in the short term, and to be able to adapt to future needs as regulations, technology, and resources change.
EPA Region 9 encompasses four states, 148 sovereign tribes and dozens of Pacific islands. It is a diverse, beautiful and productive part of the nation, from the lush rainforests of Hawaii and the agricultural oasis of the Central Valley to the thrumming economies of Silicon Valley, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Nearly 50 million people make their homes and livelihoods throughout the 386,000 square mile-jurisdiction of Region 9, producing more than $2 trillion in goods and services each year.USEPA Region Map
Places throughout the region – Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands and tribal lands – are encumbered with a host of environmental challenges.
Region 9 strives to enforce federal standards governing clean air, clean water, toxics and hazardous waste by developing and implementing multi-disciplinary approaches to specific geographic areas within the region. Over the past four decades, Region 9 has spent billions of dollars and millions of staff hours to maintain and safeguard our most precious resources: the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we treasure. The activities conducted by the EFC are intended to support these efforts.