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IS EVERYONE PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE?
The Environmental Finance Center currently produces statewide water and wastewater rates dashboards for 12 states across the US. We collect a lot of data on water system finance and management to build these dashboards, and those data can tell interesting stories about how water and wastewater systems structure their rates.
Types of Rate Structures
The vast majority of systems in those seven states have rate structures that we classify as “Uniform,” “Increasing Block,” or “Decreasing Block.” Uniform rates charge the same price for every 1,000 gallons of water. Increasing Block structures, also called Inclining Block, are rate structures where the system charges a higher price at larger volumes of water. For example, a system might charge $4.00 per 1,000 gallons for the first 5,000 gallons, and $8.00 per thousand gallons for all subsequent usage. Decreasing Block structures, also called Declining Block, operate on the same principle, but in reverse. In these structures, the price of water on per 1,000 gallons decreases at larger volumes of water.
About 3 percent of systems in our surveys have a rate structure that does not fit into one of these categories, which we have labeled as “Other.” These include
Increasing/decreasing block—rates increase over an initial range and decrease over subsequent ranges, or vice versa;
Flat Fee—one price per billing period for unlimited water consumption;
Tiered Flat Fee—one price per billing period for unlimited water consumption that varies by customer class;
Seasonal uniform—uniform rates that vary by season; and
Uniform at One Block’s Rate—customer pays one rate per 1,000 gallons, but that rate is determined by their total usage.
DWD to take a more proactive stance against the Delta Tunnels.
SHOULD RATEPAYERS SUBSIDIZE OAKLEY SPRAWL?
Ratepayers subsidizing developers in Diablo Water District
Contra Costa Water District provides 85% of Diablo's raw water. They created an entirely new structure for RATES.
Developers pay less per unit... gallons, than regular ratepayers. The rationale being that they have less service interaction than ratepayers.
There are only 2 tiers for Diablo ratepayers... meaning that Expeditiously conservative water use is minorly rewarded... while those who use TOO MUCH recieve only minor Increase in Volumetric Charges.
Delta Coves has used an alarmingly HUGE amount of water to solve their problems. Should you have to pay for it?
GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY ACT
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