Tag: rate setting

Touching Down with Affordability of Water and Sewer Bills in Alabama


It’s college football season again, and thoughts among many in the South, and elsewhere, turn to tailgating and touchdowns, hot dogs and sodas, field goals and fun. (Here in Chapel Hill, we like to remember alumnus Andy Griffith’s famous 1953 comical monologue about football, “What It Was, Was Football.”) Meanwhile, those of us at the UNC Environmental Finance Center (EFC) have completed our first-ever Alabama Residential Water and Wastewater Rates Dashboard, which, in fact, ties in with – you guessed it – football! (As well as tying in with the affordability of water and sewer bills by customers in Alabama, of course.) Continue reading

Lessons from Drinking Water Systems in Hawai‘i and the U.S. Territories

by Glenn Barnes

Glenn Barnes is senior project director with the Environmental Finance Center based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is the co-director of the Smart Management for Small Water Systems Project.

Recently, the Environmental Finance Center at UNC led workshops on energy management and rate setting for drinking water systems in Hawai‘i and several territories of the United States.  These workshops are part of the Smart Management for Small Water Systems project, which includes trainings for systems across the US (click here to see a full list of all of our past trainings).  All small drinking water systems face financial and managerial challenges such as dis-economies of scale, difficulty paying for needed capital improvements, and problems retaining qualified staff.  The water systems on these islands, however, face additional unique challenges. Continue reading