Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/296098
Title:
Designing Water Rate Structures to Promote Conservation
Author:
Woodard, Gary C.
Affiliation:
Division of Economic and Business Research, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Issue Date:
7-Apr-1984
Rights:
Copyright ©, where appropriate, is held by the author.
Collection Information:
This article is part of the Hydrology and Water Resources in Arizona and the Southwest collections. Digital access to this material is made possible by the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science and the University of Arizona Libraries. For more information about items in this collection, contact anashydrology@gmail.com.
Publisher:
Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science
Journal:
Hydrology and Water Resources in Arizona and the Southwest
Abstract:
A growing number of water providers are implementing rate structures intended to promote water conservation. The impact of an increasing block rate structure on residential water demand is examined for Tucson, Arizona. Time - series regressions on demand suggest that Tucson Water customers base consumption decisions on the previous month's average price rather than the marginal price of water. This behavior, coupled with a substantial monthly service charge, results in the rate structure discouraging, rather than encouraging, conservation. An alternate pricing structure based on distinguishing indoor and outdoor water uses is presented. Issues of economic efficiency and social equity are considered.
Keywords:
Hydrology -- Arizona.; Water resources development -- Arizona.; Hydrology -- Southwestern states.; Water resources development -- Southwestern states.
ISSN:
0272-6106

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleDesigning Water Rate Structures to Promote Conservationen_US
dc.contributor.authorWoodard, Gary C.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentDivision of Economic and Business Research, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721en_US
dc.date.issued1984-04-07-
dc.rightsCopyright ©, where appropriate, is held by the author.-
dc.description.collectioninformationThis article is part of the Hydrology and Water Resources in Arizona and the Southwest collections. Digital access to this material is made possible by the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science and the University of Arizona Libraries. For more information about items in this collection, contact anashydrology@gmail.com.en_US
dc.publisherArizona-Nevada Academy of Scienceen_US
dc.identifier.journalHydrology and Water Resources in Arizona and the Southwesten_US
dc.description.abstractA growing number of water providers are implementing rate structures intended to promote water conservation. The impact of an increasing block rate structure on residential water demand is examined for Tucson, Arizona. Time - series regressions on demand suggest that Tucson Water customers base consumption decisions on the previous month's average price rather than the marginal price of water. This behavior, coupled with a substantial monthly service charge, results in the rate structure discouraging, rather than encouraging, conservation. An alternate pricing structure based on distinguishing indoor and outdoor water uses is presented. Issues of economic efficiency and social equity are considered.en_US
dc.subjectHydrology -- Arizona.en_US
dc.subjectWater resources development -- Arizona.en_US
dc.subjectHydrology -- Southwestern states.en_US
dc.subjectWater resources development -- Southwestern states.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0272-6106-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/296098-
dc.identifier.journalHydrology and Water Resources in Arizona and the Southwesten_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeProceedingsen_US
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