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Data: Agency Compliance Databases

The water industry is heavily regulated and the regulatory matrix is deep and complex.  As with many EPA regulations, enforcement is distributed between the federal and state/tribal level.  In some regions such as the State of California, both enforcement and rulemaking are further localized with regional authorities.  If you are involved in construction, permitting and connections is typically regulated at the municipal level.  

FirmoGraphs has curated and enhanced data from many of the most-influential regulatory programs in a single integrated database, allowing dimensions from one end to be queried against the other.  

For example:

  • in California, which 
  • organizations are municipal-owned, with 
  • populations served between 25,000 and 500,000, who have
  • experienced water losses greater than 10%, and have
  • fiscal years ending in June?  

Data: Capital Improvement Plans

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Financial sustainability is, for a public water utility, indispensable.  But unlike a for-profit, publicly-traded organization water utilities have the benefit and responsibility of a much longer planning horizon.  Utility financial planning is conducted over years and decades, with short-term (1 - 2 year) budgets and mid-term Capital Improvement Plans (3 - 6+ years).  

FirmoGraphs has  deconstructed many CIPs into data elements for easy navigation in our BI solution.

Data: Audited Financial Statements

Public utilities are financially transparent, publishing Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) annually in accordance with standards set by both the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).  

FirmoGraphs curates copies of these documents, extracting insights in a high quality and periodical manner. 

 

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