8.2 : Residential Sector Water Consumption




8.2.6 Residential Water Billing Rate Structures for Community Water Systems
Population Served by System (1)
10,001 - More than
Rate Structure 100,000 100,000
Uniform Rates 39.0% 30.0%
Declining Block Rate 15.0% 23.0%
Increasing Block Rate 25.0% 27.0%
Peak Period or Seasonal Rate 0.0% 5.0%
Separate Flat Fee 18.0% 20.0%
Annual Connection Fee 6.0% 3.0%
Combined Flat Fee 4.0% 2.0%
Other Rate Structures 3.0% 9.0%
Note(s): 1) Systems serving more than 10,000 users provide service to 82% of the population served by community water systems. Columns do not sum to 100% because some systems use more than one rate structure. 2) Uniform rates charge a set price for each unit of water. Block rates charge a different price for each additional increment of usage. The prices for each increment is higher for increasing block rates and lower for decreasing block rates. Peak rates and seasonal rates charge higher prices when demand is highest. Flat fees charge a set price for water delivery, with no restrictions on use. Combined flat fees charge one fee for water and other charges, such as rental fees. Separate flat fees bill water and other charges separately.









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