• Tempe Arizona Utility Rate Study
  • NEORSD Rate and Affordability Study
  • Ann Arbor Stormwater Rate Study

Financial Services & Management

A new and challenging economy for utilities

The success of your water utility is often judged on how well you avoid financial turmoil—while still investing in your assets and delivering great service. Our financial services practice teams understand that challenge, and we’re ready to work with you to identify difficulties in advance, to analyze your options, and to plot the course for a safe arrival at your future—for your business and for the public that you serve. Read More

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Customizing water budgets for individual irrigation users

The Toho Water Authority provides potable and reclaimed water for irrigation purposes. And in 2017, the Authority hired us to help develop water budgets for their irrigation accounts. The old, inclining block rate structure was deemed inappropriate as it had significant variations in irrigation needs between different accounts. To move toward better, more equitable rates, we helped Toho become the first water utility in Florida to define individual irrigation account budgets based on acreage, crop type, soil type, beneficial rainfall, evapotranspiration data, and irrigation efficiency. Read More

Fair and sustainable stormwater fees

The City of St. Petersburg is required to convey and treat stormwater runoff before it enters local bays and surface waters. To cover the costs of this requirement, the city charges user fees based on the amount of impervious surface found on properties. Single-family residential properties are charged a flat fee, while all others are charged a fee based on their unique amount of impervious area. As part of a recent utility rate study, the city expressed an interest in looking at the feasibility of a residential fee structure based on ranges or tiers of impervious area to better correlate to the volume of stormwater created by different residential properties. Read More
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