We suggest using these tools for your projects when applicable.
Knowing the current and future financial status of your water system is an integral part of responsible management.
A Guidebook of Financial Tools
A Guidebook of Financial Tools is a reference work intended to provide an overview of a range of ways and means that are useful for paying for sustainable environmental systems.
Plan2Fundtm V 3.0 is a web based Watershed Planning Tool developed by the Environmental Finance Center at Boise State University that helps organizations determine their funding needs to meet the goals and objectives of their Watershed Program Plan. Users walk through estimating the costs of their Watershed Program Plan’s Goals and Objectives, assessing any local matches, and determining funding needs to meet your Goals and Objectives. The results from Plan2Fundtm can be used to search for funding sources utilizing the Environmental Finance Center’s web based Directory of Watershed Resources.
The Directory of Watershed Resources is an on-line, searchable database for watershed restoration funding. The database includes information on federal, state, private, and other funding sources and assistance. Users can query the information in a variety of ways including agency sponsor, keyword, or by a detailed search. Please call toll free, (866) 627-9847 for information and assistance.
CapFinanceTM is an integrated capital asset inventory and reinvestment analysis software program for drinking water and wastewater systems.
UtilityRate Design with Rate CheckupTM is a powerful, easy-to-use rate-setting and financial planning software for water utilities. The program automatically generates rate schedules, and prepares a three-year budget and financial forecast.
Provide design options, including:
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Financially Sustainable Water Infrastructure Initiative
Financially Sustainable Water Infrastructure Initiative - A joint initiative by members of the Environmental Finance Center Network
Is your community water/wastewater system financially sustainable? One of the greatest challenges of water and wastewater system management is ensuring the system’s financial health. The purpose of this initiative is to equip system managers, operators and staff with the tools to evaluate system financial health, to educate the utility board and the public and to overcome political barriers to making the system financially sustainable. To utilize these tools and learn more, click here.
Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool (CREAT)
The CREAT tool developed by the EPA allows users to evaluate potential impacts of climate change on their utility and to evaluate adaptation options to address these impacts using both traditional risk assessment and scenario-based decision making. CREAT provides libraries of drinking water and wastewater utility assets (e.g., water resources, treatment plants, pump stations) that could be impacted by climate change, possible climate change-related threats (e.g., flooding, drought, water quality), and adaptive measures that can be implemented to reduce the impacts of climate change. To access this tool, click here.
NEPAssist is a tool that facilitates the environmental review process and project planning in relation to environmental considerations. The web-based application draws environmental data dynamically from EPA Geographic Information System databases and web services and provides immediate screening of environmental assessment indicators for a user-defined area of interest. These features contribute to a streamlined review process that potentially raises important environmental issues at the earliest stages of project development. To acess this tool, click here.
Get More Green - Green Roof Calculator
Get More Green by American Rivers is an interactive tool that let's you virtually "green" a roof in your own community to find out how much money you'll save in heating and cooling costs as well as how much polluted water you'll keep out of your local river! To use the tool, click here.
CUPSS: Check Up Program for Small Systems
CUPSS is asset management software developed by the EPA for small and medium-size water and wastewater utilities. CUPSS was developed in response to a clear need from communities and trainers to consolidate and package asset management materials in an easy-to-use, clear and update-to-date fashion. To access CUPSS Version 1.3.7, click here.