Research

Percent Change as a Measure of Price Escalation in Water and Energy Utilities

Percent Change as a Measure of Price Escalation in Water and Energy Utilities

We advance the idea of using percent billing changes as a simple measure of price escalation. This simple yet underused metric may help evaluate rate structure design in public utilities. We illustrate how price escalation may generate useful insight for utility managers by analyzing rate structures from water utilities in British Columbia, Canada. We observe […]

Metrics and Methods for Comparing Water Utility Rate Structures

Metrics and Methods for Comparing Water Utility Rate Structures

Utility managers must design rate structures that meet multiple objectives: full cost recovery, fairness, economic efficiency, and resource conservation. To reach these multiple goals, the design of an optimal rate structure would ideally include detailed information on cost of service, demand elasticity, and preferences of the customer base within each utility. However this information is […]

Cajamarca residents view one of the smaller cuts at the Newmont's Yanacocha gold mine in Peru. Source: mining.com

What Participation? DistinguishingWater Monitoring Programs in Mining Regions Based on Community Participation

Water issues are a major concern for the mining sector and for communities living near mining operations. The emergence of Participatory Water Monitoring (PWM) programs in mining regions reflects a shift toward greater stakeholder collaboration and more inclusive water governance. This article proposes a new framework to evaluate community involvement in PWM programs across Latin […]

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