Managing Rate Impacts
of Conservation
June 13, 2014
Drema Gross
Water Conservation Division Manager
Austin Water
• Started in early 1980s, continued through 1990s
– Education, incentives
• Increased attention to conservation in mid-200...
FY2011 Residential Rates
• Increase fixed portion of bill
– Concern about conservation discincentive, “regressive” charge, impact
on low users
• Im...
FY14 Residential Rates
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Managing Rate Impacts of Conservation

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Presented at TWCA Mid Year Conference - June 13, 2014

Drema Gross
Water Conservation Division Manager
Austin Water

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  • 5-year rolling average GPCD has dropped 13% since FY09
  • Managing Rate Impacts of Conservation

    1. 1. Managing Rate Impacts of Conservation June 13, 2014 Drema Gross Water Conservation Division Manager Austin Water
    2. 2. • Started in early 1980s, continued through 1990s – Education, incentives • Increased attention to conservation in mid-2000s – Code requirements, watering restrictions • Prepaid water supply up to 201,000 acre-feet – Current use between 140,000 and 167,000 – Estimated ~$15M/yr payment when trigger reached • Growing population, high drought risk Austin’s Conservation History
    3. 3. FY2011 Residential Rates
    4. 4. • Increase fixed portion of bill – Concern about conservation discincentive, “regressive” charge, impact on low users • Implement Revenue Stability Fee – Build reserve fund to cover unexpected losses • Restructure volumetric tiers – Lower starting points for Tiers 2-5 • Consider drought rates • Revise sales projection methodology – Assume “new normal” starting in 2008 Revenue Stability Strategies
    5. 5. FY14 Residential Rates
    6. 6. Questions?
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