In the first of a four-part webinar series, Stacey Isaac Berahzer will provide an overview of where water, wastewater and stormwater utilities are positioned in the local government framework (e.g. local government departments, authorities, etc.) , and how this positioning affects their financial flexibility. We will take a look at the “fund accounting” approach in local government finance to better understand the rules that should keep water rate revenues preserved for water. Participants will be provided with a couple of quick ways to check utility financial health. We will then take a tour of where the money for these projects comes from, including, loans (such as the State Revolving Funds), grants, bonds, user fees, assessments, impact fees and taxes and resources for where to learn more.