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JournalThe Georgia Operator. Volume 50, No. 2 – Spring 2013. Pages 26-30.

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals published a copy of Shadi Eskaf’s post on the Environmental Finance blog in its The Georgia Operator quarterly journal. This article/blog post describes the use of the Census Bureau’s Median Household Income statistics in computing a commonly-used affordability indicator for water utilities, funders, state agencies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: “percent MHI”. The article then lists six important issues and assumptions that users of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Median Household Income data must be aware of when computing this indicator to benchmark rates, decide on funding eligibility, set policies, or track performance over time.


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