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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 […]

SCARP Alumni’s Master’s Project Used by Rural Drinking Water Committees in Chile

SCARP Alumni’s Master’s Project Used by Rural Drinking Water Committees in Chile

SCARP graduate and Water Planning Lab member Claudio Pareja (MCRP 2017) spent 4 months collaborating with the National Federation of Rural Drinking Water (FENAPRU) in Chile for his Master’s project. His project focused on the translation of the new Rural Sanitation Service law for rural drinking-water committees in Chile. Given the technical nature of the […]

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.