Benchmarking Residential Rates for Small Water Systems: The Northeastern Illinois Water and Wastewater Rates Webinar
RENEWAL TRAINING CREDIT HOURS FOR WATER OPERATORS AND ENGINEERS 1 TOTAL HOURS 1
LIVE DATE: 02/24/16
CEU TYPE: Technical
WEBINAR TYPE: Technical
This webinar will introduce the Environmental Finance Center’s new Northeastern Illinois Water and Wastewater Rates Dashboard, provide information about metrics for sustainable rates and finances, and offer free direct technical assistance to small drinking water systems (serving 10,000 or fewer people) in northeastern Illinois. The Rates Dashboard is a free, online, interactive benchmarking tool designed to help northeastern Illinois utility managers, finance directors, council / board members, and others to:
· evaluate their residential water and wastewater rates (at any increment of 1,000 gallons per month of usage between zero and 15,000 gallons per month),
· benchmark rates with other utilities,
· determine if utility rates are encouraging conservation and covering costs of operations and capital, and
· examine monthly bills as a percentage of median household income (MHI) for the community.
Rates can be compared against multiple characteristics, including utility finances, system size, customer base demographics, and geography. The Dashboard can also serve as a communications tool for explaining utility rates and finance concepts to a variety of audiences.
Rates data for this dashboard are drawn from the October 1, 2013 water and wastewater rates survey IISG-15-007 conducted by the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program for municipal utilities in the seven-county Chicago Metropolitan area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will), including 224 municipal community water systems. The Dashboard was constructed as part of the Smart Management for Small Water Systems nationwide project of the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN). The EFCN is composed of numerous Environmental Finance Centers around the country, including the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, which created this dashboard. This dashboard was created under a cooperative agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Presenter: David Tucker, Project Director at the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
David works with local, regional, and state governments, not for profit organizations, and private companies on innovative environmental finance projects related to energy and water. David performs financial, economic, and statistical research and analysis for the Center. David is the point person at the EFC for our online, interactive, rates dashboards for water, wastewater, electricity, and stormwater rates and fees. He also conducts community outreach, such as in a current project to assist small water systems. David earned a Masters of Environmental Management degree (Energy and Environment concentration) from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and East European Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. He previously served as a Clean Cities Specialist with Triangle Clean Cities Coalition/Triangle J Council of Governments, working on alternative fuel vehicles; and as a Climate Corps Fellow for the Environmental Defense Fund, working on energy efficiency upgrades to buildings. David speaks Russian and French, has worked and studied abroad numerous times, and is also interested in renewable energy; teaching and public engagement; the energy-water-food nexus; clean transportation; and sustainable cities and urban design.
COST & REGISTRATION: Illinois Section AWWA Members: FREE; Nonmembers: Free
Once you have purchased the archived webinar, you will receive an email confirmation. This email will include a link to the directions on how to view the webinar and obtain your training credit hours