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Description of the MO Water Rates Dashboard
Missouri's utilities use many different water rate structures. These different rates and rate structures have financial impacts on revenue stability, household expenditures, and water use behavior. Various rate strategies influence resource use differently and, conversely, efforts to curtail resource use (for example, conservation) have unique revenue impacts depending on a utility's rates, rate structure, and customer base. Information on how utilities in Missouri charge for water service is important for utilities in benchmarking their current rates and financial performance.
This Rates Dashboard is included in 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. Smart Management for Small Water Systems is the result of a cooperative agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Click the bolded words below to learn about different features of the dashboard.
Rates data: In Missouri, the rates and financial data were provided by the Public Service Commission.
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
This Rates Dashboard only features utilities regulated by the Missouri Public Service Commission.
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 using the “Edit Data or Add Utility” button located in the upper right corner of the Dashboard. Please note that data are only available locally on the user's computer and will not be saved to 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 to the right of it, which displays how the dial is calculated, the data used in the calculation, and a brief explanation of the dial’s purpose.