Tuesday, January 15, 2013
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
City of Redwood City Council Chambers
1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA
Free – Register at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/303901
Introduce history, principles, and ways to approach the development of budget-based water rates.
Learn how incorporating budget-based water rates into your agency’s rate structure can achieve
The participants should leave the workshop with an introductory understanding of:
· What budget-based water rates are
· How to implement budget-based water rates
· Case Studies
Workshop Attendees are likely to be:
· City / Water Agency Staff
· Elected Officials
· Environmental NGOs
· Interested citizens
Agenda / Timing
1:00 – 1:15
This will be a moderated panel discussion including brief presentations and responses to specific questions.
1:15 – 2:15
The audience will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by the expert panelists.
2:15 – 3:00
A panel of leading experts will focus on the varying structures of budget-based water rates. Other
topics will include specific case studies, strategies for presenting a budget-based water rate structure
to decision makers, tips on educating customers, and lessons learned.
Tom Ash has over 25 years of experience in the fields of water use efficiency, public education and
horticulture. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of the first water budget tiered
rate structure for Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) in 1991. The IRWD rate design has been
described as “the model” for such rates in the US by the EPA and resulted in a 61% reduction in
landscape water use, reduced non-point source water pollution, stable agency revenues, and increased
the customer satisfaction rate to over 90%.
Daniel Muelrath is the Water Resources Sustainability Manager for the City of Santa Rosa Utilities
Department. His responsibilities include the implementation of the City’s Real-time ETo Budget Based
Rate for irrigation meters which has resulted in large landscapes irrigating to 50% of local ETo.
Dr. Juliet Christian-Smith is a Senior Research Associate with the Pacific Institute's Water Program. Her
interests include agricultural water uses, comparative analyses of water governance structures, water
reuse, and climate change.
Steve Toler is the Assistant City Manager of the City of Foster City and the Estero Municipal
Improvement District. He was instrumental in implementing a conservation-based water rate structure
in Foster City, including tiered water rates for residential properties and water budgets for irrigation
customers. Since 2010, Foster City has reduced its water consumption by over 20%.
This event is offered FREE of charge. Please RSVP by January 11, 2013.
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