Water Utility Partnerships
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?
“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
“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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Christiansen, Program Manager, Alliance for Water Efficiency at email@example.com.
- LinkedIn: Request an invitation to the CFO Connect LinkedIn Group
- Report: Measuring and Mitigating Water Revenue Variability: Understanding How Pricing Can Advance Conservation Without Undermining Utilities’ Revenue Goals
- Report: Water Connection Charges: A Tool for Encouraging Water-Efficient Growth
- Handbook: Building Better Water Rates for an Uncertain World
- Rate Model: AWE Sales Forecasting and Rate Model
- Video: New Business Models for the Water Utility (UNC)
- Drought-Plagued Regions Struggle to Conserve Water and Make Money, Governing Magazine
- Changing the Price of Water May Be the Way to Beat Drought, Deseret News
- The US Water Paradox: Falling Demand, Less Money for Infrastructure, The Guardian