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Struggling to Serve a Thirsty Public

Struggling to Serve a Thirsty Public

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As utilities across America struggle to afford the repair of aging water infrastructure and climate change impacts water scarcity, the nation’s poor are simultaneously challenged to pay rising water bills. And this ever-expanding economic gap promises to present grave problems within the next decade.

Water rates across the nation are increasing.  … Read More

Pipe Dream

Pipe Dream

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Last week Governor Jerry Brown’s $15 billion plan to construct two tunnels to convey water from northern California to southern California achieved early approval from federal wildlife officials. The support represents a step forward in a complex approval process.

The tunnels—each four stories high and 35 miles long—would collect water  … Read More

A Rate Structure Rubik’s Cube

A Rate Structure Rubik’s Cube

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Water agency rate structures typically recover costs by charging consumers per gallon, which means that when usage drops, rates have to go up. In many cases, that means that it costs rate payers more to conserve water.

The financial logic is simple. If a company sells less of something, it has  … Read More

Say “No” to Non-Revenue Water

Say “No” to Non-Revenue Water

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If water utilities were charities, they would be expected to give their water away for free, and if water wasn’t so difficult and expensive to process in the first place to make sure it is safe for human consumption, then it wouldn’t matter if millions of gallons “disappeared” from the  … Read More

Global Awareness and Grace

Global Awareness and Grace

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In an effort to better understand women’s participation in the water industry and the water supply network, last May Water Efficiency magazine explored the topic by way of an interview with Kirsten deVette of the International Water Association.

We learned that in many parts of the world women bear the primary responsibility for  … Read More

Strategies for Preventing Non-Revenue Water Loss

Strategies for Preventing Non-Revenue Water Loss

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Lack of dedicated utility funding for non-revenue water is a perceived barrier to progress. “The irony is that NRW reduction actions don’t have to be funded out of stressed operating budgets where funds may be already tight,” says Dickinson. “They can be funded out of capital improvement programs or performance-based  … Read More



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