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Water and wastewater utilities around Indiana should take note of several laws passed this most recent legislative session that will impact current practices or institute formal data collection and reporting requirements. Legislators emphasized and sent a clear message prioritizing the collection of key data sets and collaboration amongst Indiana utilities.

A recent order of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (“IURC”) sheds lights on the validity of municipal ordinances purporting to require utilities to pay the costs of utility relocations. The IURC voided a municipal ordinance that attempted to require utilities to pay relocation costs as being unreasonable and inconsistent with Ind. Code 8-1-2. In the Matter of the Complaint of Duke Energy, Cause No. 44804 (Ind.U.R.C. Jan. 23, 2019) (“Decision”).

Are rural water associations that provide both sewer and water services but only receive a federal loan pertaining to one of those services protected under federal statute from encroachment by other utilities? After the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) declined to take a case that would have resolved a Circuit split on this issue, the law remains unclear in most of the country, including Indiana.

Jenny Kehl, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Water Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Lynde B. Uilhein Endowed Chair at the WATER Institute, discusses virtual water and all it entails.

Scott Miller of Umbaugh discusses municipal water rates. In this long-awaited segment, Scott delves into what elements of cost make up municipal rates. Scott also addresses some common issues encountered during the municipal rate-setting process, whether the utility is in a regulated or unregulated jurisdiction.

John Williams, Chairman and CEO of Impact Infrastructure, Inc., joins The Water Values Podcast and discusses economic assessment of infrastructure projects.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to moderate a panel discussion at the opening plenary session of the American Water Resources Association’s 2016 Annual Conference, which took place in Orlando, Florida.

What a terrific year 2016 has been – thank you for making it so! Without you, the listeners and readers, I wouldn’t have been able to pull of a third year of The Water Values, so a heartfelt thank you to each of you.

Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols joins The Water Values Podcast and discusses his observations on how water makes us feel and the therapeutic nature of water.

Erin Wilson of Wilson Water Group joins The Water Values podcast in a (long awaited) episode TWV #090.

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