Reserves: Identification and Justification of Your System’s Capital Reserve Funding Goals

Utility managers and decision makers know that saving for the future is important.  The question is not whether to do it, but to what level.  What is the magic number? In the absence of a crystal ball, we are left to estimate future capital investment needs based on a series of assumptions.  This becomes a … Read more Reserves: Identification and Justification of Your System’s Capital Reserve Funding Goals

Money Down the Drain

Shifting climate patterns and periods of drought and excessive precipitation appear to becoming increasingly extreme, posing continual challenges such as physical setbacks in the agricultural industry and social challenges associated with extreme weather conditions. In the water industry, we find ourselves simultaneously working toward solutions to conditions of both too little water and too much … Read more Money Down the Drain

Water and Wastewater Rate-Setting: Fixed Charge Considerations

According to the results of the 2019 AE2S Utility Rate Survey, it is most common for systems to utilize a combination of fixed and variable charges in its utility rate structures – particularly for drinking water rates. Just 1.1% of municipal survey respondents of all sizes are using a fixed charge (with no volumetric charge) … Read more Water and Wastewater Rate-Setting: Fixed Charge Considerations

Polar Vortex a Chilly Reminder of the Value of Water

I was recently reminded of how easy it is to take the tap for granted, while visiting my sister and brother-in-law. The polar vortex tested their water line and won, at least temporarily.  That made for some tense times and a renewed appreciation for the convenience of running water. If we consider that a gallon … Read more Polar Vortex a Chilly Reminder of the Value of Water

2018 Rate Survey – Fixed Charges: What’s the Right Amount?

Affordability and revenue stability are two of the topics that often weigh heavily on the minds of utility managers and policy makers.  As two equally important issues, it can be challenging to meet both due to potentially opposing objectives.  The most straight-forward path to achieving a high level of revenue stability is to rely heavily … Read more 2018 Rate Survey – Fixed Charges: What’s the Right Amount?

2018 Rate Survey Results for Systems Serving Less than 5,000 & Regional Systems

We appreciate all of the voluntary responses we received for the 2018 AE2S Nexus Annual Utility Rate Survey. The Survey booklets are currently being distributed to all participants. We hope the results are useful to systems throughout the region as budgets are finalized and 2019 rates are set, by providing a regional measure of benchmarking … Read more 2018 Rate Survey Results for Systems Serving Less than 5,000 & Regional Systems