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Water Utility Partnerships

A partnership between Ceres and The Alliance for Water Efficiency, CFO Connect provides a unique opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and networking for water utility finance directors and managers to learn about technical tools, emerging research and innovative practices that will help improve revenue stability and implement sustainable water management and financial practices.

CFO Connect rgb

CFO Connect: A Learning Network for Water Utility Financial Managers

A partnership between Ceres and The Alliance for Water Efficiency, CFO Connect provides a unique opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and networking for water utility finance directors and managers to learn about technical tools, emerging research and innovative practices that will help improve revenue stability and implement sustainable water management and financial practices.

Water utilities across the country are facing challenges presented by rising costs and imminent system investment needs coupled with declining sales and policy imperatives for water conservation. Across the country, these challenges are spurring innovation and research into pricing structures for revenue stability, creating the opportunity for a diverse toolbox for building more resilient water utilities. But with research and real-time experimentation running in parallel, it is easy for the big lessons learned to get lost in the noise. Creating a forum for sharing these lessons can help water utilities to more rapidly navigate the transition to a new generation of pricing and financial practices.

CFO Connect is currently active in the Colorado River Basin and invites water utility finance directors and managers to join this group to discuss and pursue new pricing and financial practices that can help keep your utility ahead of the curve.

What are the benefits of joining CFO Connect?

  • In-person and virtual water utility finance peer learning sessions
  • Access to new resources, tools and technical reports
  • Models and demos of rate structures and revenue resiliency
  • Tools on educating and communicating with customers and boards
  • Resources on land use planning and impact fees

What are CFO Connect members saying?

City of Aspen“The resources, dialogue, and connections provided by CFO Connect have allowed the City of Aspen to recharge its Efficiency Programs through creative water rate design, while focusing on revenue stability within the framework of our ten-year, long-range plan. The expertise of the speakers and the range of water utility subjects covered during the past year have been the main driver in innovative changes within our water utility. The City of Aspen benefits from the new ideas and knowledge this interactive format provides our utility and community. “ - Lee Ledesma, City of Aspen, Colorado

Park City“CFO Connect has facilitated conversations and information sharing between Park City and other water utilities facing the common challenge of balancing financial and level of service impacts in a changing environment. As our community continues to see higher water costs despite conservation efforts, CFO Connect has increased awareness of available tools to help better communication with our Council, residents, and guests.” - Clint McAffee, City of Park City, Utah

Learn more

To learn more about the Colorado River Basin CFO Connect or if you are interested in bringing CFO Connect to your region, contact Siobhan Collins, Manager, Ceres Water Program at collins@ceres.org or Bill Christiansen, Program Manager, Alliance for Water Efficiency at william@a4we.org.

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Partner Organizations

CFO Connect is a joint initiative from Ceres and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE). CFO Connect also benefits from technical support from various organizations including the University of North Carolina Environmental Finance Center (UNC EFC), Western Resource Advocates, the WaterNow Alliance and others.

 

About The Alliance for Water Efficiency
Alliance for Water EfficiencyThe Alliance for Water Efficiency is a non-profit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water. Working with water suppliers, business and industry leaders, government agencies, affiliates and advocacy groups, the Alliance serves as a North American advocate for water efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts. AWE’s Financing Sustainable Water initiative provides practical information to guide utilities from development through implementation of rate structures that balance revenue management, resource efficiency and fiscal sustainability. For more information, visit www.allianceforwaterefficiency or follow on Twitter @A4WE.
Meet the Expert

Brooke Barton
Director, Water Program

Brooke BartonBrooke leads Ceres’ water program, directing the organization’s research and corporate and investor engagement on the risks and opportunities related to growing water scarcity. She is the co-author of The Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Risk Management. Brooke works with Ceres company members in the food and beverage sector, advising them on sustainability strategy and reporting, and coordinating dialogues between companies and their investor, NGO and labor union stakeholders.

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