For the new year, my PUMPS website (not this site) will be undergoing reconstruction. It has been a few years and some things are out of date. Instead the focus will be more on rate studies, financial planning and asset management as opposed to all the other issues (like publications). I will have a separate website for me, with all that stuff since some folks have hit the website looking for it. My main goal is to partner with some folks and try to help smaller utilities with financial and management issues. I will be adding work products, including the asset management stuff we are doing in Dania Beach and Davie. My hope is I energize PUMPS a bit. At the same time via FAU, we will be developing a study of utility costs and revenues since 2005, with emphasis on the impact of the 2008-2009 Recession. This will be instructive – and be an update to the 1997 and 199 studies I did (hard to believe they were so long ago). We will be looking nationally, as well as at different types of treatment, location and size. The idea will be to develop some tools to help utilities benchmark where they are in the bigger picture, and to help with identifying trends and potential missing issues. COnncection rates and asset is improtant to insure hte timely renewal and repalcement of critical infrastrucutre. After all, the people who get fired when things go wrong with a utility are not the politicians – its us!. I will be solicitng (or my studnet will) data from over 300 utilities across the country. If you are interested, or have clients who might be, let me know. I have tnatively discussed publication with AWWA – but it won’t jsut be water. Resue, wastewater etc will be included. Should be fun! Look for the results next summer!!