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Alliance for Water Efficiency / Wisconsin Water Association (WWA)
Water Efficiency Committee 

Eric Rothstein has become a member of each of these recently formed organizations devoted to the promotion of efficient water use. Eric will serve as a technical advisor on water service pricing policies for the Alliance for Water Efficiency and is assisting with the conduct of various seminars and workshops on water efficiency for WWA.

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American Water Works Association (AWWA) 
  • Competitive Practices Committee

    Eric Rothstein has been a member of the Competitive Practices Committee from 1998 to the present, serving as Chair from 1999 through 2004. This committee provides service through activities ranging from the conduct of educational seminars and technical sessions to the development of informational materials on current competitiveness trends and practices in the water utility industry.

  • Finance Committee, Rates and Charges Sub-Committee

    Eric Rothstein has been a member of the Rates and Charges Sub-Committee from 1992 to the present, serving as Vice Chair from 1998-2000. This sub-committee is responsible for promulgation of manuals of practice on water rates, system development charges, and other aspects of utility finance as well as conduct of associated technical sessions and workshops. Eric Rothstein served as Task Force Chair for the development of the M34 Water Rate Structures and Pricing manual focusing on rate design, in particular conservation-oriented rate design options. This manual has since been incorporated into the M1 Water Rates, 5th Edition manual.

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National Association of Clean Water Agencies 

Eric Rothstein has contributed to the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ ongoing advocacy for wastewater agencies on matters related to community financial capability assessments and low-income affordability. These efforts have included principal authorship of NACWA’s white paper: Financial Capability and Affordability in Wet Weather Negotiations, and subsequent development of guiding principles for assessment of communities’ capability to finance infrastructure investment programs.


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National Impact Fee Roundtable 

Deb Galardi currently serves on the Board of the National Impact Fee Roundtable (NIFR). The primary objective of NIFR is to “advance the theory and practice of impact fees and public infrastructure finance”, which the organization accomplishes primary through its annual roundtable conference. Ms. Galardi is the 2007 Conference President which will be held in Portland, OR in October. She has been a regular speaker at annual Roundtable events since 2002, and served on the initial Board of Directors in 2004-2005.


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International Water Association (IWA)  

Eric Rothstein has been an IWA member since 2007 and participant in the association’s Economics & Statistics Group that addresses issues related to utility service financing, pricing and cost of water and wastewater services, options for addressing low-income affordability, and performance measurement. Eric Rothstein has also been asked to serve on the Editorial Board of Water Utility Management International Journal that is scheduled to begin publication in 2007.


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Water Environment Federation (WEF)  
  • Utility Management Committee

    Eric Rothstein has been a member of the Utility Management Committee from 1999 to the present, serving as Chair of the Finance and Administration Sub-Committee since 2002. This sub-committee’s activities have included technical sessions and workshops on CMOM compliance, asset management, and utility finance as well as review of the WEF sponsored Hurricane Katrina Damage Assessment.

    Deb Galardi and Eric Rothstein both served on this committee’s Task Force responsible for the development of the M29 Manual of Practice: Financing and Charges for Wastewater Systems. Eric Rothstein served as Chair of this Task Force and authored the chapter on rate design; Deb Galardi authored that on customer classification.


  • Technical Practice Committee

    Eric Rothstein has served as the Utility Management Committee liaison to this committee which is responsible for technical review and evaluation of WEF publications and standards for technical practices.

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Publications
-Deborah Galardi & Eric Rothstein-

"Financial Sustainability as a Foundation for Infrastructure Development and Management: Best Practices," WATER UTILITY MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL, March 2007.

"Financial Sustainability as a Foundation for Infrastructure Development and Management: Best Practices," Proceedings of the International Water Association Biennial Congress (Beijing, China), September 2006.

"Analysis of Strength Loading Characteristics for Wastewater Rate Classification," with Diane Taniguchi-Dennis and Jeni Richardson, Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation Technology Exposition and Conference (WEFTEC), October 2000. Synopsis reproduced as “Enhancing Rate Equity Through Refined Customer Classification,” Water Utility Executive, Water Environment Federation, January/February 1999, pp. 5-8.

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Publications
-Deborah Galardi-

“Development Fee Trends” Proceedings of the 2004 American Water Works Association/Water Environment Federation Joint Management Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

“Getting Ahead of the Curve: Strategic Financial Planning in Salem, Oregon,” Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation Technology Exposition and Conference (WEFTEC), October 2002

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Publications
-Eric Rothstein-

“Affordability Tools,” Section 8: Affordability Special Publication, Water Environment Federation, 2007 (forthcoming).

“Tough Choices in Paradise: Capital Project Prioritization on Oahu,” with Ross Kaneko, Barry Usagawa, Scott Muraoka and Jason Takaki, Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) – Water Environment Federation (WEF) Joint Management Conference, February 2007 and Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2007 (forthcoming).

“Financing the Clean Water Atlanta Initiative,” Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation Technology Exposition and Conference (WEFTEC), October 2006.

“Affordability of Wastewater Service: Assessment & Options for Regulatory & Programmatic Relief,” Proceedings of the Joint American Water Works Association (AWWA) – Water Environment Federation (WEF) Management Conference, February 2006.

“Financial Capability and Affordability in Wet Weather Negotiations” (Principal Author), National Association of Clean Water Agencies White Paper, October 2005.

“Resurrection of Public Water Service in Atlanta, Georgia: Reintegration of Utility Management Systems in Municipal Government,” with Benjamin Kuku, Melinda Langston, and Sheila Pierce, Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2004.

“Water Security: Implementing Security Measures in a Cost Effective Manner,” with Bill Desing and Ken Thompson, Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2004.

“Strategic Planning By Water Utilities: A Review Of Private Sector And Leading Water Utilities’ Experience,” with Gina Wammock, Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) – Water Environment Federation (WEF) Joint Management Conference, March 2004.

“Building Financial Capacity For Benchmark Performance: Augusta Utilities Rounds ‘Amen Corner,’” with Steve Little, Norman Pearson, and Lawrence Scott, Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) – Water Environment Federation (WEF) Joint Management Conference, March 2004.

Development of a Strategic Planning Process, with Gina Wammock, American Water Works Research Foundation, tailored collaboration project with the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Project #2745, March 2003.

“Conservation in the Portfolio of Water Supply Options for Regional Reservoir Planning,” with E. Allison Keefer, Regional Reservoir Coordinator, Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources and Mary A. Elfner, Water Conservation Coordinator, Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, Proceedings of the 2003 Georgia Water Resources Conference, April 2003.

“Take Time for Paradise: Parallels Between Baseball and Utility Management,” with Elisa Speranza, Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) – Water Environment Federation (WEF) Joint Management Conference, February 2003.

“Strategic Financial Planning for Major Infrastructure Investment Programs: Model Development to Support the City of Atlanta’s CSO-SSO Program Implementation,” with Michael Mynhier, Peter Bredehoeft, and Cody Stanger, Proceedings of the WEFTEC 2002 Conference, October 2002. Republished in Utility Executive, Water Environment Federation, May/July 2003 edition.

“Mastering Program Management Strategy & Tactics: A Synthesis of Tools to Defeat Implementation Paralysis,” Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2002.

“Development of a Strategic Business Plan: Portfolio Management for Public Utilities” with Donna Kiyosaki, Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2002, reprinted in Journal AWWA, vol. 95, no. 1 (January 2003), pp. 52-65.

“Pricing and Regionalization,” Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2001.

“Structured Alternative Project Delivery Procurement,” with Douglas Herbst and Fred Bauhof, Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2001

“Regional Conversion of Surface Water Supplies in Harris County, Texas,” Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2001.

“Virtual Stormwater Utilities: A 21st Century Response to Emerging Watershed Requirements,” Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) – Water Environment Federation (WEF) Joint Management Conference, February 2001.

“Public-Private Partnership Decisions: A Structured Process from the American Water Works Research Foundation,” Water Utility Executive, Water Environment Federation, September/October 2000.

“Regionalization of Houston Area Water Service: Leveraging Past Investments and a Competitive Utility Market to Secure Future Economic Development,” Proceedings of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2000.

“Structured Evaluation of Public-Private Partnership Options: An Example of O&M Cost Reduction Strategy Selection,” Proceedings of Texas Water '99, April 6-9, 1999.

“A Priority System for Multimodal and Intermodal Transportation Planning,” with Miley Merkhofer and Marcy Schwartz, Proceedings of the Sixth TRB Conference on the Application of Transportation Planning Methods, June 1997.

“Prioritization of Water Utility Capital Spending: An Analysis Framework,” with David G. Burna, Proceedings of the 1997 American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition, June 1997, pp. 103-118.

“Implications of Water and Wastewater Restructuring on Utility Ratemaking,” Proceedings of the AWWA/WEF Joint Management Conference, February 1997.

“Modeling Privatization Decisions,” Proceedings of the 1996 American Water Works Association National Conference, June 1996, pp. 33-57. Reprinted for the International Business Communications “Privatization & Contract Operations” Conferences, July-August 1996.

“Applications of Decision Analysis Techniques to Water Conservation Program Planning,” Proceedings of the American Water Works Association CONSERV’96 Conference, January 1996, pp.59-63.

“Benefit/Cost Evaluation of Water Conservation Programs,” Proceedings of the American Water Works Association CONSERV’96 Conference, January 1996, pp. 395-399.

“Public Involvement Strategies That Work,” with Elaine Jones, Operations Forum, vol. 11, no. 6 (June 1994), pp. 10-13. Also published in Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation 66th Annual Conference and Exposition, vol. 8 (October 1993), pp. 137-144.

“Public Involvement Strategies for Water Rate Change Acceptance,” with Elaine Jones, Journal AWWA, vol. 85, no. 11 (November 1993), pp. 47-53. Also published in Proceedings of the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition, June 1993, pp. 41-57. Abbreviated version published as “Raising Rates: Involving the Public,” Public Works, February 1994.

“Summer Water Demand Patterns in a Southwest City,” Proceedings of the American Water Works Association CONSERV ’93 Conference, December 1993, pp. 1491-1516.

“Balancing Interests of Wholesale and Retail Customers in Utility Ratemaking,” with David S. Hasson, Ph.D., Proceedings of the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition, June 1993, pp. 541-556.

“Water Demand Monitoring in Austin, Texas,”Journal AWWA, vol. 84 (October 1992), pp. 52-58.

“Time Differentiated System Load Impacts of Demand-Side Management: A Case Study,”with Ken Monts, Ira Birnbaum, and Beverly Bonevac, Electric Power Research Journal, vol. 16 (1989), pp. 165-172.

“Institutional Barriers to Data Collection and Demand-Side Management Program Evaluation: Practical Lessons in Political Economy,” Proceedings of the 1988 American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency In Buildings, vol. 9 (August 1988), pp. 139-151.

“The Demand-Side Management Audit – An Integral Step to Least-Cost Utility Planning,” with Robert K. Camera, Proceedings of DSM Strategies in Transition – Third National Conference on Utility DSM Programs, June 1987, pp. 34-1 through 34-11.

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Presentations and Seminars
-Deborah Galardi-

“Development of a Robust Wastewater SDC Methodology”, presented at the 2005 Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association conference, Tacoma, Washington September 27, 2005

“Impact Fee Basics” presented at the 2005 National Impact Fee Roundtable, Denver, Colorado; October 6, 2005.

“Utility Impact Fees” presented at the 2004 National Impact Fee Roundtable, October, 2004; Naples, Florida.

“Impact Fee Revenue Credits and Offsets” presented at the 2004 National Impact Fee Roundtable, October, 2004; Naples, Florida.

“Nonresidential Park SDCs” presented at the 2004 National Impact Fee Roundtable October, 2004; Naples, Florida.

“ABCs of SDCs” presented at the 2003 American Public Works Association Conference, Oregon; October 23, 2003.

“Impact Fee Basics” presented at the 2003 National Impact Fee Roundtable, San Diego, California; October 16, 2003.

“SDC Trends and Practices” presented at the Oregon Municipal Finance Officers Association Conference, Eugene, Oregon; March 2003.

“SDCs: Striking a Balance in the Community” presented at the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association Conference, Yakima, Washington; October 22, 2002.

“Selecting an impact fee structure” presented at the National Impact Fee Roundtable, October 2002; Phoenix, Arizona.

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Presentations and Seminars
-Eric Rothstein-

“Proven Financial Management Fundamentals Demonstrated Through National & International Case Studies” presented at the Illinois Section, American Water Works Association conference, Springfield, IL, March 2007

“National Trends Define Strategic Planning Imperatives,” presented at the Wisconsin Section, American Water Works Association conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI, September 2006, and Wisconsin Water Environment Association Government Affairs seminar, Madison, WI, March 2007.

“Financial Capability and the Cost of Clean” presented at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Winter Conference, St. Petersburg, FL, February 2007.

“Principles of Asset Management,” presented as the opening session for the 2-day Asset Management Hot Topics specialty workshops sponsored by the Water Environment Federation. Sessions held in Albuquerque, NM; Cincinnati, OH; Milwaukee, WI; Seattle, WA; Tampa, FL.

“Financial Capability and Affordability Issues in Utility Management,” presented at the Joint Meeting of the Missouri Water Environment Association and the Missouri Section of the American Water Works Association, Tan-Tar-A Resort, MO, March 2006.

“Navigating the Perfect Storm of Utility Finance: Strategic Financial Planning,” pre-conference workshop presentation at the 2005 AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition, San Francisco, June 2005.

“Rate Options and Rate Change Acceptance,” presented at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies Annual Winter Conference, San Antonio, TX, February 2005.

“The Role of IT in Competitive, Customer Responsive Utilities,” pre-conference workshop presentation at the 2005 AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition, San Francisco, June 2005.

“Starting with a Clean Slate: The City of Atlanta Experience,” presented at the 2005 AWWA-WEF Joint Management Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2005.

“Financing the Clean Water Atlanta Initiative: Weathering the Perfect Storm,” presented at the 2004 Five Cities Conference, St Louis, MO, August 2004.

“EPA Financial Capability Assessment: Lessons from the Atlanta Experience,” presented at the USEPA CSO Workshop on the 10th Anniversary of the CSO Policy, Chicago, IL, April 2004.

“Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Wastewater Rates: The Financing and Charges for Wastewater Systems Manual,” pre-conference workshop presentation at the 2005 AWWA-WEF Joint Management and 2004 WEFTEC Conferences.

“Financing the Clean Water Atlanta Initiative - Weathering the Perfect Storm,” Keynote Address, Five Cities Plus conference, St. Louis, MO, August 19, 2004.

“Integrating Asset Information: Building the Foundation to Meet Emerging Utility Management Challenges,” presented at the Water Environment Association of Utah, April 2, 2003.

“Water Supply Trading: Regional Compliance with Subsidence District Groundwater Reduction Targets,” presented at the Texas Water 2001 conference, Houston, TX, April 5, 2001.

“Alternative Project Delivery: Attributes, Implications, Market Trends,” presented at the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas Spring 2000 Conference, April 2000.

“SDCs in Oregon … At the Movies” presented at the American Public Works Association - Oregon Chapter 1999 Spring Conference, Welches, OR, April 28-30, 1999

“Public Involvement in Utility Ratemaking,” presented at the American Water Works Association’s 1997 National and 1996 Conserv’96 conferences.

“Ensuring Adoption of Proposed Rates,” presented at the American Water Works Association’s 1st and 2nd Annual Working Retreats on Public Participation.

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