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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

Before the Break: Piping Repair and Rehab

Before the Break: Piping Repair and Rehab

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When is it a good time to rehabilitate or repair a water pipe? Certainly, when the news crews are filming the break, the time for a proactive approach has passed.

However, there are several factors to consider when deciding whether to do a repair, retrofit, or replacement, industry experts note. They include  … Read More



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