Two Water Rates Worshops Scheduled in California for September

Water Rates Workshops for California Water Agencies and Boards


Are you facing changing costs for providing water services?  New legal requirements?  Reduced revenues?  This day-long workshop is designed to give you tools and contacts to help make changing water rates more manageable.

When & where:

Workshop SponsorsTuesday, September 11, 2012 | 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Davis, California
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
   University of California, Davis
   Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, AGR Hall
   Alumni Lane & Mrak Hall Drive
   Davis, CA 95616
   For driving directions, click here.  South Entry Parking Structure - $7 {map}
Thursday, September 13, 2012 | 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Carson, California
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
   West Basin Municipal Water District
   Board Room
   17140 South Avalon Blvd, Ste. 210
   Carson, CA 90746-1296
   For driving directions, click here.

Agenda topics:

  • Overview of capital finance elements and California-specific challenges.
  • Strategies for addressing specific revenue challenges.
  • Overview and feedback from the Pacific Institute’s water rates and finances survey. Haven’t taken the survey yet? You can access it here:
  • Breakout sessions for urban and agricultural water suppliers to discuss key challenges.
  • Discussion and next steps.

Who should attend?

Staff and board members at water utilities, districts, and municipalities as well as policy makers, universities, and anyone interested in water rate-setting in California.

Why attend?

Effective pricing of water is one of the most powerful tools water managers have to communicate the value of water and ensure a long-term, sustainable water supply. Water rate structures vary widely based on an area’s particular geography, climate, density, customer types, and many other factors. In California, new legislation coupled with a changing climate, deteriorating infrastructure, and the global economic crisis have made meeting revenue requirements more difficult and have led to widespread rate changes. Water suppliers need better information and tools to set water rates and to communicate those changes to customers. Thus, the question of pricing is key to California’s water future.

The Pacific Institute, in collaboration with the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Cal-Nevada Section of AWWA, is conducting two workshops that address a question central to many water suppliers today: how to create effective water rates that both reduce water demand and provide enough revenue for water system improvements as well as provide for long-term environmental and financial stability.

The workshops will review the results of a survey on rate-setting in California, provide information about new and existing rate-setting, and feature several success stories to communicate the advantages of effective rate structures to boards and rate payers. Please join us for an interesting and productive day.

Who are the speakers?

Juliet Christian-Smith, Pacific Institute
Mary Ann Dickinson, Alliance for Water Efficiency
Jeff Hughes, University of North Carolina
Ed Osann, Natural Resources Defense Council (Sept 11 only)


$20.00 via check or $21.00 via credit card
Price includes continental breakfast and full lunch


To claim your place and register, please email

Workshop flyers containing the above information available.  Click below links to download. [pdf]