This annual report details the results of a statewide survey of water and wastewater rates and rate structures conducted by the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA) and the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) in 2017. Residential and non-residential drinking water and wastewater rates and rate structures are analyzed for over 400 water and wastewater utility rate structures throughout the state of Arizona. This report answers frequently asked questions about what utilities are charging, their rate structure designs, billing practices, rate increases, affordability and cost recovery, and includes a special section on stormwater management in Arizona.
The purpose of the report, which analyzes residential and commercial data, is to support utility financial management and pricing efforts by providing a detailed survey of current statewide drinking water and wastewater pricing and financial trends. Report highlights include:
NEW: Stormwater management
NEW: Domestic Water Improvement Districts
Reclaimed water rates
Historical pricing trends
Five myths about pricing
Overview of base charges, variable charges, and rate structures
Monthly bills and observations of note
Conservation pricing signals
Financial impacts on customers
Are prices covering all costs?
The summary report is one of several products (including an interactive Rates Dashboard, data tables, and utility rate sheet summaries) created at the conclusion of the annual survey. All of the products can be viewed on the project page shown below.