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AWWA Publishes 2015 State of the Water Industry Report

AWWAThe state of water and wastewater infrastructure and how to finance capital improvements continue to top the list of concerns facing water professionals throughout North America, according to the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) 2015 State of the Water Industry Report.

The 2015 report includes insights such as:

  • Water scarcity and infrastructure financing are major concerns for many utilities.
  • 43% of utility respondents reported a decline in total water sales.
  • 29% of utility respondents reported total water sales are flat or little changed in the last decade.

The AWWA says nearly three of four utilities reported the same or less water use, partially because of more efficient fixtures and irrigation systems that are in use, as well as rate structures and education programs that encourage conservation. Utility employee respondents reported that they would attempt to cover costs through a variety of means, including increasing fixed fees within their consumption-based rate structures, changing growth-related fees, shifting rate designs to increasing block-rate structure, and increasing financial reserves.

The AWWA's 2015 report can be downloaded for free from the AWWA website.




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