This annual report details the results of a statewide survey of water and wastewater rates and rate structures conducted by New Hampshire and the Environmental Finance Center in 2018. Residential and non-residential drinking water and wastewater rates and rate structures are analyzed for 138 local government and non-governmental water and wastewater utilities throughout the State of New Hampshire. The 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.
This report answers frequently asked questions about what utilities are charging, their rate structure designs, billing practices, rate increases, affordability and cost recovery, including:
Tools for Comparisons
How many and which utilities and types of rates are analyzed in this report?
Where can I find tools and tables I can use to help me evaluate our rates?
Current Rate Structure Designs
What are the utilities’ base charges, and consumption allowances?
What are the most common rate structure types in New Hampshire?
How do rate structures differ between commercial and residential customers?
How do rate structures differ between indoor and irrigation/outdoor rates?
For block rate structures, how much consumption is included in the first block?
How much do utilities charge per 1,000 gallons near the average consumption level?
What does the State recommend for residential rate structures?
How much is charged for residential consumption?
How much is charged for commercial consumption?
How much is charged for residential irrigation water?
How do rates differ based on utility size, utility type or river basin?
How do rates differ for customers inside or outside municipal boundaries?
Rate Changes Over Time
How often do utilities change their rates?
How have residential rate structures changed in recent years?
What does the average consumer in New Hampshire pay for water and/or wastewater service?
How affordable are utility rates in New Hampshire?
What can utilities do with rates to encourage conservation?
Are utilities financially self-sufficient in New Hampshire?