Influencing Water Use: Inclining Block Rate Structures

Water use is as predictable as it is unpredictable. Factors outside the control of water system managers heavily influence water use – weather conditions, user demographics, economic conditions, etc. Tools available to system managers primarily include educational efforts, incentive programs that reward customers for installation of water-saving devices, and rate structuring/pricing. Scientific research related to … Read more

Changes to SRF Program and the Connection to the LCRR

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) created new Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program allocations over the next five years for lead service line replacement and inventories. This is a great opportunity for water systems to access additional grant funding (loan forgiveness) to complete lead service line inventories (LSLI) required by the Lead and Copper … Read more

2022 Utility Rate Survey Results

AE2S Nexus has begun mailing or hand delivering the 2022 edition of the annual Utility Rate Survey. We would like to thank the 274 participants this year. AE2S Nexus received responses from 131 systems serving populations 5,000 and greater, 97 systems serving populations less than 5,000, and 46 Regional Rural systems.  Survey data was solicited … Read more

Preliminary 2022 Rate Survey Results for Systems Serving 5,000 or Greater

The 21st Edition of the AE2S Nexus Annual Utility Rate Survey is currently in production and will be distributed to the participants in the coming weeks.  Until then, we are sharing a preliminary look at the results to help you understand how your rates compare to those of your peers.  Utility managers throughout the region … Read more

Preliminary 2022 Results for Systems Serving Less than 5,000 & Regional Systems

The 2022 AE2S Nexus Utility Rate Survey booklet will soon be mailed, or hand delivered. It contains charts of water, wastewater, and stormwater rates, as well as a Total Utility Bill that includes water, wastewater, and stormwater. Since each community faces different challenges, it is often useful to look at the combined utility rate when … Read more

$1.6 Million in Environmental Justice Grants for Tribal Public Participation Project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has up to $1.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding available to support Tribal government efforts to establish or modify programs on environmental justice water and air quality issues. Earlier this year, USEPA announced spending plans for the $100 million in ARPA funding appropriated by Congress in response to … Read more