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The Perils of Comparing Water Rates

February 12, 2019

The Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducts surveys of water and sewer rates in many states across the country and turns those results into rates dashboards.  In recent years, at least three news … Continued

Are Your Rates Special?

June 21, 2018

In the course of conducting our statewide utility rates surveys, we here at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill examine thousands of rate structures each year. We’ve seen it all, from the especially … Continued

Conservation Water Rates in Arizona

September 23, 2014

by Jacob Mouw This post was revised on September 25, 2014 to address nuances of water pricing and differences in conservation rates. Drinking water, despite being a necessity, is relatively cheap in regards to its importance. At around $0.005 per gallon … Continued

Base Charges Customized Based on Customer Water Use

July 31, 2014

  As mentioned in last week’s blog post, some utilities are creatively setting varying base charges for subgroups of customer classes in order to more equitably distribute the (fixed) costs of the utility among customers with varying demands. One way … Continued