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The Cost of Water Supply and Water Utility Management (1977)

Paper Number: EE-0354

Document Date: 11/01/1977

Author(s):  ACT Systems: Clark, Robert M., Gillean, James I., Adams, W. Kyle

Subject Area(s): Economic Analysis, Drinking Water, Cost of Water Supply

Keywords: Economic Analysis, Drinking Water, Cost of Water Supply

Abstract: 

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.

A copy of Volume II of this report is available at the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)

This paper is part of the  Environmental Economics Research Inventory.

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  • The Cost of Water Supply and Water Utility Management, Volume 1 (1977) (PDF)(178 pp, 2 MB, 11/01/1977, EE-0354, EPA 600/5/77/015a)
    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.