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U.S. Pricing
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Water scarcity and successful conservation programs force utilities to adapt their business plans.

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Utilities tinker with rate structures designed to stabilize revenue.

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Scarce surface water supplies will lead to an active market, research firm says.

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The recent oil and gas boom in the United States has been good business for the Carlsbad, New Mexico water department. Perhaps too good.

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The Price of Water 2012

Rates have increased in many cities, but local conditions dictate by how much and how the increase is distributed. Chicago prices are up nearly 25 percent, while Los Angeles is down by 9 percent.

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The preference for government mandates reinforces the idea that water is not like other goods.

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Because of costlier inputs and infrastructure replacement, rate experts predict prices will only go higher.

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Following Circle of Blue’s survey of water prices, we examine the wastewater costs of the same 30 major cities.

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Following Circle of Blue’s survey of water prices, we examine the wastewater costs of the same 30 major cities.

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“For more than 20 years industry has been moving south looking for cheaper labor, I’m hoping that now they’ll start coming back looking for cheaper water.”

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Water Department cuts connections to thousands of city’s poor.

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In too many American cities to count, water consumers are dramatically reducing the amount they use only to be hit with higher water rates.

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There’s nothing like a fiscal deficit to prompt municipal leaders to think hard about how to save money. Everything is on the table and no city service or asset is untouchable. So last November when the mayor of Carbondale, Illinois made several suggestions for bailing out the cash-strapped city, the idea of selling the municipal water and sewer system gained serious traction.

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