The value of water: What it means, why it’s important, and how water utility managers can use it

Posted February 2006

By Bob Raucher

This article, which appeared in the April 2005 edition of the AWWA Journal, clearly defines the value of water in quantitative and qualitative terms—factoring in ethical and moral considerations as well—and provides information on how large some estimated values are. In the context of public discussion and decision-making, values must reflect what is important to appointed and elected officials, customers, stakeholders, and the public. This article offers managers suggestions for how to tap values when making decisions and seeking customer and/or political support.

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