Environmental Economics

The Cost of Water Supply and Water Utility Management

A study of 12 selected water utilities to determine the economics of water delivery. Data were collected from at least one large water utility in each EPA's 10 regions. Volume I (178 pages) provides summary information and in-depth analyses of five of the 12 utilities studied. All the utilities are analyzed in aggregate, and factors affecting the cost of water supply are examined. It also included an evaluation of the hypothetical impact of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1980. Volume II ( 308 pages) contains the basic data from each of the 12 utilities studied. Services of each utility were divided into five functional areas common to all water supply delivery systems -- support services, acquisition, treatment or purification, distribution, and power and pumping. These areas provided a common basis for collecting and comparing data. Costs were categorized as operating or capital expenditures.

Volume I is organized as follows:

    Chapter 1: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    2: INTRODUCTION
    3. CONCLUSIONS
    4. DATA ANALYSIS FROM SELECTED WATER UTILITIES
    5. UTILITY COST COMPARISONS
    6. AGGREGATE ANALYSIS
    7. MODEL DEVELOPMENT
    8. COST OF IMPLEMENTING THE SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT
    APPENDIX

    Subject:
    3. Cost and Economic Impacts Analysis
    3. Costs and Economic Impact Analysis - Specific Sectors and Pollutants
    3. Costs and Economic Impact Analysis - Economic Impacts
    Environmental Media:
    b. Water
    b. Water - Surface
    Authors:
    Clark, Robert M.
    Gillean, James I.
    Adams, W. Kyle
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Geographic Area:
    Cincinnati, Kansas City, Dallas, San Diego, New Haven, Fairfax County (VA), Phoenix, Kenton County (KY), Orlando, Elizabethtown (NJ), Pueblo (CO), Seattle
    Study Purpose:
    Data Development
    Inventory Record #: EE-0354
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    ACT Systems, Inc.Address:
    City: Winter Park State: FL ZIP: 32789
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Municipal Environmental Research Laboratory, Water Supply Research DivisionAddress:
    City: Cincinnati State: OH ZIP: 45268
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
  • Report Details
    Type:
    Final
    Date:
    11/01/1977
    Number of Pages:
    486
    Comment:
    EPA #:
    Grant/Contract #:
    EPA-600/5-77-015a and b
    68-03-2071
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