Volumetric Wastewater Pricing Report
By: NRDC and A & N Technical Services, Inc.
Most California households pay for water based on their usage as recorded on their water meter. But in contrast to many other parts of the country, a majority of these same households pay for sanitary sewer service through a flat, non-volumetric rate. The Natural Resources Defense Council commissioned A & N Technical Services, Inc. to evaluate the potential water savings that could be expected from a shift to volumetric billing for sewer service, and the results of this new analysis are striking. According to Dr. Thomas W. Chesnutt, the report’s lead researcher, water savings of nearly 300,000 acre-feet statewide may be expected from adopting this practice throughout California, an amount of water nearly equal to half the customer demand in the City of Los Angeles.
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