Conservation Helps Limit Rate Increases for a Colorado Utility

by Stuart Feinglas; Christine Gray; Peter Mayer

Nov 1, 2013
There is a commonly held belief in the water industry that declining per capita usage due to water conservation is forcing rate increases to compensate for fewer units of volume billed. But the rate increases necessitated by conservation are actually much smaller than the rate increases that would be necessary to account for population growth in the absence of conservation. The City of Westminster, CO examined the effects of their conservation program on customer rates and found startling results.


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