Environmental Protection

Rate Survey, Climate Change Books Available from AWWA

The American Water Works Association recently announced the publication of the "2008 Water and Wastewater Rate Survey," and "Climate Change and Water: International Perspectives on Mitigation and Adaptation."

The" Rate Survey" is the most accurate and up-to-date reference on utility rates available. Data are provided for 308 water and wastewater utilities from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey includes data from utilities that serve from 1,000 to 9 million customers, making the survey relevant to utilities of all sizes. Data on all types of water and wastewater charges are complied in easy-to-use charts.

The survey was conducted in the last half of 2008 with the objective of providing current data on rates as of July 1, 2008. It is intended to help utilities determine if their rate structure meeting revenue goals; how their rate structure compares with other utilities in their geographic region; how rates compare with other similar size utilities; and what the current trends in utility rate setting are.

The book includes a companion interactive CD-ROM that allows the user to perform data sorts and analysis.

"Climate Change and Water" presents state-of-the-science on how utilities can respond to global warming today and into the future. This compendium of scientific papers written by top international climate change experts addresses global warming and the dramatic effect it will have on water supply planning as utilities cope with variability and attempt to ensure an adequate supply and quality of water to meet year-round demand.

For more information, visit www.awwa.org/bookstore.

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