Rates & Affordability

AWWA: Rate survey shows increasing utility costs still driving up rates

AWWA: Rate survey shows increasing utility costs still driving up rates

May 13, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The American Water Works Association’s most recent Water and Wastewater Rate Survey reveals that average increases in drinking water and wastewater charges continue to outpace the rise in the U.S. Consumer Price Index. The 2019 rate survey is now available here. Between the 2016 and 2018 surveys, charges increased 7.2 percent forRead More

Call for speakers extended for 2019 Water Finance Conference

Call for speakers extended for 2019 Water Finance Conference

March 4, 2019 at 3:36 pm 0 comments

The deadline to submit an abstract for the 2019 Water Finance Conference is being extended to March 22. The 2019 event will be the fifth year for the Water Finance Conference and will be held Aug. 21-22 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Water Finance Conference is aimedRead More

Pricing California’s Water During the Drought: Can Rate Structures Provide an Incentive for Conservation?

Pricing California’s Water During the Drought: Can Rate Structures Provide an Incentive for Conservation?

February 20, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

By Jeff Hughes, Shadi Eskaf & Liz Harvell The relationship between water pricing and water use is more nuanced than basic economic theory on supply and demand suggests. That’s what the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (EFC) found in a recent study on waterRead More

Enhancing Your Utility’s Long-Term Financial Sustainability & Resilience through Cash Reserves

Enhancing Your Utility’s Long-Term Financial Sustainability & Resilience through Cash Reserves

February 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm 0 comments

By Andy McCartney Personal financial advisors often recommend that families should have enough money in an emergency fund to cover at least three to six months of living expenses. Corporations such as Microsoft, General Electric and Home Depot maintain excess operating funds for their own business reasons. Why should waterRead More

Orange County gets GFOA award for transparency, budgeting practices

Orange County gets GFOA award for transparency, budgeting practices

February 11, 2019 at 12:07 pm 0 comments

As a public agency, being open and transparent is a primary goal for the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD). These goals were recently rewarded when OCSD was acknowledged for its 2018 transparency efforts and budgeting process by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). For the 22nd consecutive year, OCSD hasRead More

Nasdaq launches California water pricing index

Nasdaq launches California water pricing index

January 14, 2019 at 10:49 am 0 comments

Nasdaq, along with Veles Water and WestWater Research, has announced the launch of the Nasdaq Veles California Water Index (NQH2O), the first of its kind water index that benchmarks the price of water in a way that supports price discovery and enables the creation of a tradable financial instrument. WhileRead More

Rate Structuring & Steering the Conversation from Skepticism to Acceptance

Rate Structuring & Steering the Conversation from Skepticism to Acceptance

January 7, 2019 at 12:27 pm 0 comments

By Prabha Kumar The ethos and expectations of the utility management, the administration, the rate-approving body and the ratepayers intersect during every utility’s rate setting and approval process. Municipal utilities, municipal authorities and investor-owned utilities that head down the rate setting path all need to effectively address a myriad of interestsRead More

Countering the Affordability Challenge

Countering the Affordability Challenge

November 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm 0 comments

Great Lakes Water Authority’s WRAP Program Aims to Put Customers on a Path to Self-Sufficiency A widely-held viewpoint across the municipal water sector is that water distribution and sewage collection service is underpriced. Water and sewer authorities operate primarily with funding from rate increases but still fall severely short inRead More

NACWA, AMWA among supporters of new water affordability legislation

NACWA, AMWA among supporters of new water affordability legislation

October 23, 2018 at 6:30 am 0 comments

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) have extended support for new legislation aimed at improving the affordability of water and wastewater service for low-income customers. Introduced led by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the Low-Income WaterRead More

EPA’s Environmental Justice Council releases report on water funding

EPA’s Environmental Justice Council releases report on water funding

September 10, 2018 at 8:40 am 0 comments

In August, EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) released a draft report providing recommendations to the agency on water infrastructure investment. The document, entitled EPA’s Role in Addressing the Urgent Water Infrastructure Needs of Environmental Justice Communities, outlines suggested actions EPA should take to address water infrastructure challenges in disadvantaged communities. Among theRead More