An Overview of the “New Normal” and Water Rate Basics

Published: June 2013

Authors: Kristina Donnelly and Juliet Christian-Smith

Pages: 16



In the context of what is referred to as “the new normal”– increasing costs to provide safe and reliable water supply amidst decreasing demand — water service providers are facing new challenges in forecasting rates and preparing for future water demand. The most common water rate structures — such as flat fees, uniform rates, and block rates — require varying levels of financial, institutional, and human capacity to implement. An important consideration is whether the potential benefits are greater than the cost to provide the necessary capacity. This white paper is the first in a series addressing some of the key challenges of water rate forecasting.


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