Tag: water rates

The charges made for the use of water from the public water supply.

New Water Rate Survey

New Water Rate Survey

The sixth iteration of a biennial survey of water rates in California and Nevada features a newly expanded partnership for analyzing and publicly disseminating the results. The 2017 survey continues a series conducted since 2007 by the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association with Raftelis Financial Consultants. The

Struggling to Serve a Thirsty Public

Struggling to Serve a Thirsty Public

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.

A Rate Structure Rubik’s Cube

A Rate Structure Rubik’s Cube

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

Water Tanks, Reservoirs, Maintenance, and Repair

Water Tanks, Reservoirs, Maintenance, and Repair

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Water Efficiency.

Rob Pearlman, senior containment systems engineer with Plymouth, NH-based AmTech Tank Lining & Tank Repair, says that water tank problems rarely boast good timing. You can actually count on the opposite, he notes.

One moment a water tank

Wet Data: The Need for Accurate Numbers

Wet Data: The Need for Accurate Numbers

We have a water problem. Globally, 28% of water delivered by utilities is lost due to leaks, inaccurate usage measurement, and theft. In some countries, non-revenue water rates exceed 50%. In America, water infrastructure needs to increase its efficiency—and much of that improvement begins with accurate measurements.

“We are operating blind,”

Optimizing Irrigation

Optimizing Irrigation

Commercial growers, property managers, and landscapers can attest to how sophisticated and beneficial irrigation monitoring has become in terms of optimizing water consumption and plant growth, and maximizing operational profitability. Two examples from California—where much of the nation’s food supply is produced but where water availability remains a critical public

Optimizing Irrigation

Optimizing Irrigation

Commercial growers, property managers, and landscapers can attest to how sophisticated and beneficial irrigation monitoring has become in terms of optimizing water consumption and plant growth, and maximizing operational profitability. Two examples from California—where much of the nation’s food supply is produced but where water availability remains a critical public

Water Agencies Tackle Pipe Replacement and Financial Decisions

Water Agencies Tackle Pipe Replacement and Financial Decisions

Declaring that the replacement era was upon us, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) published, “Buried No Longer: Confronting America’s Water Infrastructure Challenge,” in 2012. The report says restoring existing water systems as they reach the end of their useful lives and expanding them to serve a growing population will cost at

CA DWP Board Approves Water Rate Hike to Fix Aging Pipes

CA DWP Board Approves Water Rate Hike to Fix Aging Pipes

The board that oversees the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power voted Tuesday to increase water rates by about 4.7% each year over the next five years.

The board that oversees the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Tuesday approved the utility’s plan to increase water rates about 4.7% each

Saving Irrigation Water the Smart Way

Saving Irrigation Water the Smart Way

For four years, the state of California has experienced severe drought conditions, a situation predicted to continue “for the foreseeable future,” according
to Governor Jerry Brown’s recent emergency proclamation, which calls for action from the State Water Resources Control Board and local water suppliers to “prevent waste and unreasonable use

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