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In 2010, the Great Lakes Commission received funding from the Great Lakes Protection Fund to lead a team of experts to examine how public water is priced in the Great Lakes region and to assess the feasibility of employing innovative, efficiency-oriented water rates. As part of this project, the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) led a series of three workshops within the Great Lakes Basin to receive input and feedback from utility managers, local politicians, local watershed groups and water users in order to:

  • Better understand the rationale for current water pricing (state/provincial culture and local politics) in the region;
  • Identify state and provincial regulations/policies for utilities rates and other revenue streams; and
  • Identify and examine external economic drivers that influence utility water pricing.

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