3 Views on How Drought Impacts Water Utility Finances

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For water utility managers, mitigating drought requires striking a fine balance. Utilities must encourage conservation (which reduces revenue) while recovering their (mostly fixed) costs.

This panel of water finance experts discusses the financial and policy impacts of drought for water utilities and provides recommendations for how utilities can increase their financial resilience.


  • Impacts of drought on water rates

  • Tradeoffs of pricing decisions

  • Financial scenario planning

  • Policy implications

  • Communicating recommendations