EFC Resources: Northeastern Illinois Water and Wastewater Rates Dashboard

Northeastern Illinois Water and Wastewater Rates Dashboard

Subject: Affordability, Billing, Conservation, Costs, Financial Mechanisms, Rates
Program: Drinking Water and Wastewater
Tool type: Dashboard
Date: 02/17/2017
Version: 2017, v1.0
Tool: Click to run tool in browser ()


Please note: Between February 17th and March 7th, 2017, an error was displayed in the 2017 Northestern Illinois rates dashboard's calculations of block

rate structures. If you used data from the dashboard during this time, we advise you to refresh your query. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

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This interactive Rates Dashboard is designed to assist utility managers, finance directors, Board members, state and local officials, reporters, and customers in comparing their residential water and wastewater rates against multiple characteristics, including utility finances, system size, customer base demographics, and geography. Rates data for this dashboard are drawn from the 2017 water and wastewater rates survey IISG-17-04 conducted by the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program for municipal utilities in the seven-county Chicago Metropolitan area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will).

This Rates Dashboard was constructed as part of the Smart Management for Small Water Systems nationwide project of the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN). The EFCN is composed of numerous Environmental Finance Centers around the country, including the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, which created this dashboard. This dashboard was created under a cooperative agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

View a video tutorial on how to use one of the EFC's interactive rates dashboards. 

The dashboard includes residential water and/or wastewater rate structures effective as of January 1, 2017, for 232 municipal public utilities in the state of Illinois. These residential water, wastewater, or water and wastewater combined rates for Illinois, evaluated at any increment of 1,000 gallons per month of usage between zero and 15,000 gallons per month, can be compared with:

  • All other utilities in the seven-county greater Chicago area,
  • Utilities of the same size,
  • Utilities with the same water source,
  • Utilities using the same rate structure type,
  • Utilities serving communities with similar median household incomes,
  • Utilities within 10 miles, and
  • Utilities within 25 miles

The following measures for the selected utility are compared to key indicators or to the utilities within the selected comparison group:

  • Monthly water, wastewater, or water and wastewater combined bill for the selected consumption amount,
  • Conservation pricing signal (marginal price when going from 10,000 to 11,000 gallons per month),
  • Monthly bill as a percentage of median household income (MHI) for the community, and
  • Ratio of operating revenues to operating expenses (when available).

You can compare the monthly bill charged for the selected monthly amount of usage. You can also raise rates by up to 100% and observe the (hypothetical) effects on the utility's rates, conservation pricing signal, operating ratio, and rate affordability.


Project page: Utility Financial Sustainability and Rates Dashboards

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