What is the Georgia Water & Wastewater Rates Dashboard?
This interactive Rates Dashboard is designed to assist utility managers and local officials analyze residential water and sewer rates of Georgia's utilities against multiple characteristics, including utility finances, system characteristics, customer base socioeconomic conditions, and geography. In 2018 the EFC and the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority collected and analyzed water and sewer rate structures for 518 public service providers in GA.
July 2017 residential water, sewer, or water and sewer combined rates for 518 utilities across Georgia can be compared with:
All other utilities in the State
Utilities of the same size,
Utilities in the same river basin,
Utilities with the same water source,
Utilities with the same rate structure,
Utilities serving communities with similar median household incomes,
Utilities in the same Water Planning Region,
Utilities within 25 miles,
Utilities within 50 miles, and
Utilities within 100 miles
Key Financial Indicators
The following measures for the selected utility are compared to key indicators or to the utilities within the selected comparison group:
Monthly water, sewer, or water and sewer combined bill for the selected consumption amount,
Monthly bill for as % Median Household Income for the community,
Conservation pricing signal, and
Ratio of operating revenues to operating expenses (when available).
You can compare the monthly bill charged for any consumption level from 0 gallons/month to 15,000 gallons/month, at 1,000 gallon intervals. You can also raise rates by up to 100% and observe the (hypothetical) effects on the utility's rates, revenues and rate affordability. The local area's basic cable monthly bill is added for comparison.
In addition, system financial health and customer demographic profiles are provided for utilities where data are available.
Rates data:Rates data for this dashboard were collected by the EFC in partnership with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. Each utility’s rates are standardized to monthly billing and thousands of gallons for the purposes of fair comparison on the dashboard
Demographic data: The American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (2012-2016) from the US Census Bureau.
System characteristics, such as number of connections and water source type: Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Information System
Geographic: United States Geological Survey
We strive to include as many utilities in our surveys as possible, maintaining a minimum response rate of at least 80% of rate-charging utilities in each state. If your utility is not included on your state’s dashboard, it may be that a rate sheet was not received during the survey collection period, or clarifying questions went unanswered.
However, by utilizing the “Edit Data or Add Utility” button in the upper right corner of the Dashboard, you can temporarily compare your water rates against the existing utilities on the Dashboard. Please note that data are only available locally and will not be saved within the Dashboard.
Please contact Annalee Harkins. We will do our best to update your rates as soon as possible!
Data can be edited temporarily by utilizing the “Edit Data or Add Utility” button located in the upper right corner of the Dashboard. Please note that data are only available locally and will not be saved within the Dashboard.
Dials such as “Cost Recovery” and “Affordability” rely on supplemental data in making calculations. When supplemental data is not available for a utility, the message is displayed and the dial is blanked out.
Each dial has a “?” button which shows how the dial is calculated, the data used in the calculation, and a brief explanation of the dial’s purpose.
You may download a PDF report of water and sewer rates and rate structures in Georgia as of 2017 here.