The pricing for reclaimed water often presents several challenges to utilities. As a result of the gap that often arises between reclaimed-generated revenues and the actual costs of the reclaimed water program, utilities struggle with how to set prices for reclaimed water. They also need to examine whether the subsidies that often arise to cover reclaimed program financial losses are justified by the non-revenue benefits of the reclaimed program. The project built around the triple bottom line concepts for sustainability. The project includes a technical reference and a computer model that allows utilities to simulate different reclaimed pricing strategies while quantifying the environmental and social impacts of implementing a reclaimed water program.
Originally funded as WERF project Reuse-05-01.