Event Title

Utah and Western Water Rates: Implications for Water Use

Presenter Information

David Garbett
T. F. Glover

Location

Space Dynamics Laboratory

Event Website

http://water.usu.edu/

Start Date

3-26-2004 3:45 PM

End Date

3-26-2004 4:00 PM

Description

This presentation will focus on a 2003 survey of Utah and Western U.S. community water rate and service charge structures and some implications that varying rates have on water use and the possibilities for conservation. The survey includes a range of in service area size amongst communities ranging from a large City of Los Angeles system to smaller systems such as Corvallis, Oregon and St. George, Utah. Though each water provider faces unique circumstances that affect the cost of water deliver, this broad sample illustrates current trends in water rate structures and provides implications for water use changes based on alternative rate structures of communities located within western and mostly arid climates. Decreasing and increasing block systems as well as systems with base water allowances are included in the sample and are analyzed in order to project implications for water conservation capabilities, or lack thereof. A review of the data from the survey suggest a not altogether unknown fact that Utah water suppliers lag behind most water providers in implementing conservation measures either through changing the base allowance or employing conservation pricing. There are also some interesting pseudo marginal cost pricing examples contained in the data set.

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Utah and Western Water Rates: Implications for Water Use

Space Dynamics Laboratory

This presentation will focus on a 2003 survey of Utah and Western U.S. community water rate and service charge structures and some implications that varying rates have on water use and the possibilities for conservation. The survey includes a range of in service area size amongst communities ranging from a large City of Los Angeles system to smaller systems such as Corvallis, Oregon and St. George, Utah. Though each water provider faces unique circumstances that affect the cost of water deliver, this broad sample illustrates current trends in water rate structures and provides implications for water use changes based on alternative rate structures of communities located within western and mostly arid climates. Decreasing and increasing block systems as well as systems with base water allowances are included in the sample and are analyzed in order to project implications for water conservation capabilities, or lack thereof. A review of the data from the survey suggest a not altogether unknown fact that Utah water suppliers lag behind most water providers in implementing conservation measures either through changing the base allowance or employing conservation pricing. There are also some interesting pseudo marginal cost pricing examples contained in the data set.

https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/runoff/2004/AllAbstracts/9