Maddaus Water Management Inc.
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Thursday, October 4 (10:20 am - 10:50 am)
(T-1817) What Now? How 26 Agencies are Dealing with California's Legislation
Friday, October 5 (9:40 am - 11:10 am)
(F-1805) Communicating with Ratepayers: Getting Past “Paying More for Less”
Across the West, public utilities are facing the necessity of raising and restructuring water rates to address operating and capital needs, and create successful efficiency programs. While often leading to lower long-term rates, efficiency investments can aggravate short-term rate issues and utilities can often face public anger and conflict over the perception that customers are being asked to pay more for less. Please join us for a workshop to explore the following questions:
• What tools can utilities utilize to communicate more effectively and successfully with their customers as they move to restructure rates to adequately cover fixed costs in light of efficiency program success?
• How can utilities be convincing about the financial and other community benefits of conservation pricing to consumers and turn public anger into broad support for the utility's long-term strategic vision?
• What are the respective roles of decision makers and utility management in developing communication strategies?
Tuesday, October 2 (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
(WS-1812) Benefit - Cost Analysis
A half day workshop will be held to educate participants with how to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of water conservation measures. This workshop has been given successfully at the International Water Demand Management Conference held in Jordan in June 2004 and International Water Association Efficient 2005 Conference in Santiago, Chile, AWWA Water Sources Conference 2006 in Albuquerque, AWWA Water Sources Conference 2008 in Reno, Nevada, AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference 2010 in Albuquerque New Mexico and .the Water Smart Innovations Conference 2012 in Las Vegas
Benefit-Cost analysis has been used for years to prioritize water conservation measures. Individual water conservation measures are considered to be cost-effective when benefits exceed costs. Once individual measures have been found to be cost-effective, they can be combined into an overall water conservation program. Benefit-Cost analysis depends on accurate forecasts of conservation measure water savings, costs, and benefits. Benefits and costs are normally compared in a present worth analysis.
(a) Workshop Objective
Provide an understanding of how to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of conservation measures and then use the results to select a cost-effective conservation program.