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A Decade of Wastewater Industry Trends: 2000–2010 Rate Survey Results

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Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. (RFC), in conjunction with the American Water Works Association (AWWA), conducts a biennial water and wastewater rate survey. This study presents a comparative analysis of results from the 2000 and 2010 surveys to highlight some trends within the industry over the past decade. There are a number of preliminary findings from the survey, including:

Population and accounts served have similarly increased over the study period;

Treated flow per capita has declined over the study period;

Average annual capital needs have doubled for most utilities;

Medium-sized utilities continue to have the lowest wastewater rates; and

Rates have increased faster than inflation.

Keywords: Charges; Data; Financial; Rates; Survey; Wastewater

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2011

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