For the past year or so, the OAWU Circuit Riders have been attempting to assist USDA Rural Development and other financing agencies collect some information. The information is used by the lending agencies to compare similar systems and put together the best financing package possible. All participation is voluntary, but there is no downside to providing your information. In fact, it will help streamline the process for all who apply for funding.
The questionnaire is straightforward with fairly easy instructions and all
information requested is public knowledge such as:
- Community/Utility Name
- Population Served
- Person filling out questionnaire
- Time period covered with the info provided. (The time period should be from the same 12-month period, i.e. a calendar or fiscal year.) Make sure all data is provided from the same consecutive 12-month period.
- System Information: Please provide information on the type of water system and sewer system. If you have a source combination such as Surface, Groundwater, and/or Purchased water, please provide the percentage of each. The age of the system and information on the major rehab will be requested, as well as, the residential and commercial usage.
The rest of the questionnaire will cover the financials for the same time period (how much revenue was collected and how much was spent for operations and maintenance and debt service).
This is all very important information for every water and wastewater system who is or will be applying for funding.