18 Apr '11, 10am

The Delicate Art of Promoting Recycled Water

The Delicate Art of Promoting Recycled Water

In developing recycled water policies, it is important to bear in mind the cost effects on customers from investments in recycled water projects and from subsidizing the water produced. Regulators must consider the allocation of costs between customers and providers, wholesalers and retailers, and municipal and investor-owned utilities. Moreover, water utilities undertake considerable risk in making any major investment in recycled water projects, in light of the hazards inherent in dealing with public agencies, uncertainty regarding pricing and other variables. Expanded access to public funding for recycled water projects – for both municipal and investor-owned water utilities – will help lessen this risk. Additionally, in order to increase the use of recycled water, regulators must allow investor-owned water utilities to recover their financial investments in recycled wa...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/04/18/the-delicat...

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