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North Carolina Water and Wastewater Rates and Rate Structures

The NC League of Municipalities and the EFC are pleased to announce that the results of the 2015 NC Water and Wastewater Rates Survey, including the 2015 NC Water and Wastewater Rates Dashboard, are now available online. This year saw the participation of 496 utilities, a 95% participation rate. The 2015 results include an updated dashboard with new features, rates tables that list each utility's rate structures, and an updated annual summary report that contains new sections and features.

Water Values Podcast

EFC Director Jeff Hughes joins The Water Values Podcast for an in-depth discussion about environmental finance. In this podcast, Jeff guides listeners from traditional ratemaking to several more creative approaches to implementing water rates. Jeff helps to unravel all of the complicated questions being discussed among utilities and consumers as new rate designs are being explored and introduced.

New Video Series Highlights Critical Financial Practices for Water Utilities

A new series of educational videos produced by the Environmental Finance Center at UNC Chapel Hill, with support from the Water Research Foundation, offers an engaging, accessible, and easily shareable resource on financial management topics designed specifically for water utility governing boards. The Water₡lips Video Series describes challenges faced by water utilities across the country using eye catching visualizations and easy to understand explanations of concepts that can otherwise be daunting.

Smart Management for Small Water Systems

Through the Smart Management for Small Water Systems project, the EFC works to improve the financial and managerial capabilities of the nation's smallest, most plentiful, and neediest public water systems - those serving fewer than 10,000 people.

Residential Tap Fees and System Development Charges in NC

The EFC and the North Carolina League of Municipalities conducted a survey of initial, one-time fees for new residential customers of North Carolina water and wastewater utilities. This survey summarized tap (connection) fees and system development charges for hundreds of utilities in 2006, 2009, and 2015.