Research

Field Experiments and Public Engagement

Field Experiments and Public Engagement

Public participation and public consultation are generally viewed as desirable approaches to democratize decision-making. But who participates in public consultation events and what motivates individuals to attend? How do we know if the public consultation has been a success? This research program aims to measure the impact of public participation processes through the use of […]

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Methods and metrics to compare water rates

Water utility managers must devise water rate structures that meet multiple objectives: economic efficiency, full cost recovery, fairness, and water conservation. Thus, the design of an optimal rate structure requires detailed information on the cost, demand elasticity, and preferences of the customer base within each utility. When full information is not available, some insight may […]

Drought Preparedness in BC: Workshop Summary

Drought Preparedness in BC: Workshop Summary

The Water Planning Lab has compiled the ideas that emerged from the workshop in a short summary report. 

BC Municipal Water Survey 2016

BC Municipal Water Survey 2016

The BC Municipal Water Survey 2016 presents an overview of local water use, pricing, and metering coverage in the province of British Columbia.

Water use in Metro Vancouver

Water use in Metro Vancouver

The Vancouver region draws on a water network that is the envy of many metropolitan areas around the world.  The source watersheds are protected, the treatment system is publically owned, revenues are reinvested, and the water quality is first class. The Water Planning Lab aims to reviews water management practices in Vancouver

Evaluating Demand Management Strategies with Residential Water Consumers

We are interested learning which municipal policies are most effective in reducing household water consumption. Policies such as outright water restrictions, or changes to water tariffs are often difficult measures to implement and unrealistic for municipal water planners, even in drought conditions. As a result, there is increased interest in understanding the impact of other water conservation strategies, many […]