Even as the scale of needed investment grows, utilities can develop rate structures, impact fees, and new products or services that generate needed revenue fairly. This report is a primer on getting started with financing water systems, including: assessing where the largest costs are incurred and where borrowing is most extensive; understanding your city’s specific water utility structure and financial status; building a relationship with your water utility manager/CEO(s); and reaching out to and growing relationships with community leaders across a range of neighborhoods and interests, and asking questions about needs and water affordability.
Matthew Braunginn, Erica DePalma, Howard Neukrug, Satya Rhodes-Conway, and Mariah Young-Jones. Paying for Water Systems. Mayors Innovation Project, 2019.