Paying for Water Systems

Braunginn, M., E. DePalma, H. Neukrug, S. Rhodes-Conway, and M. Young-Jones. Paying for Water Systems. Mayors Innovation Project, 2019.

Even as the scale of needed investment grows, utilities can develop rate structures, impact fees, and new products or services that generate needed revenue fairly. This report is a primer on getting started with financing water systems, including: assessing where the largest costs are incurred and where borrowing is most extensive; understanding your city’s specific water utility structure and financial status; building a relationship with your water utility manager/CEO(s); and reaching out to and growing relationships with community leaders across a range of neighborhoods and interests, and asking questions about needs and water affordability.