Water Research Foundation Announces Dec 7 Webcast titled, “North American Residential Water Usage Trends and Applications for Utilities"
On December 7, 2010, at 1:30pm MT the Water Research Foundation will present a one-hour Webcast titled "North American Residential Water Usage Trends and Applications for Utilities."
Note: Denver Water will host this webcast. Please e-mail Elizabeth.Gardener@denverwater.org by Nov. 30 if you would like to attend at Denver Water.
Register for this Webcast by clicking on the link below:
Many water utilities are experiencing declining water sales among residential households, even though the total number of residents and households continues to grow and as household incomes continue to rise. A variety of theories have been advanced to explain the declining usage, however, to date, no definitive statement has been made as to the validity of these theories or the amount each variable contributes to residential water-usage decline.
While “water conservation” is normally viewed as protecting a scarce resource, this can cause revenue erosion and uncertainty in terms of meeting revenue requirements for water utilities. Without a clear understanding of the changing water-use patterns, it is difficult to develop appropriate pricing structures that will both recoup costs and provide resources for the future. Thus, for utilities to both encourage conservation and have sufficient financial reserves for maintenance and growth, it is necessary to better understand how water-use patterns have changed over the last 30 years, what factors are driving usage, and how these factors might impact utilities in the future.
This Webcast, based on the published report North American Residential Water Usage Trends and Applications for Utilities (Order #4031), will focus on (1) understanding residential water-usage behavior patterns and trends, (2) assessing the impact of those patterns on water utility operations, and (3) providing data that can be correlated with future trends for planning purposes.
Greg C. Heitzman, President/CEO, Louisville Water Company and
Thomas D. Rockaway, Director of the University of Louisville’s Center for Infrastructure Research