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DRBC PROMOTES WATER CONSERVATION THROUGH RETAIL PRICING

 DRBC PROMOTES WATER CONSERVATION THROUGH RETAIL PRICING
 WEST TRENTON, N.J., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Delaware River Basin


Commission (DRBC) today approved a regulation which promotes the adoption of retail water pricing to encourage conservation and which requires water companies to submit conservation plans with applications for new or expanded withdrawals.
 The regulation is the latest component in the commission's long- range program to reduce water use throughout the 13,000 square-mile Delaware River Basin.
 The conservation plans must describe how the water purveyors have implemented DRBC water-saving regulations already on the books, including requirements for metering programs to track water usage and programs to identify and fix leaky distribution systems.
 Applications submitted to the commission after June 30, 1992, for new or expanded withdrawals of 1 million gallons per day or more also must include an evaluation of the feasibility of implementing a water conserving retail pricing structure and billing program.
 The conservation plans shall be subject to review and approval by the basin state environmental agencies in which the water delivery system is located: the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.
 The regulation is effective immediately.
 Water conserving rate structures provide incentives to customers to reduce average or peak water use. And they reflect the fact that water is a limited resource that should be used in an economically efficient manner.
 Such pricing is characterized by rates based on metered usage with one or more of the following components:
 -- Rates in which the unit price of water increases as the quantity of water used increases (increasing block rates) or is constant regardless of the quantity of water used (uniform rates);
 -- Seasonal rates or excess-use surcharges to reduce water usage during summer months when demands peak;
 -- Rates based on the long-run marginal cost or the cost of adding the next unit of water supply to the system.
 A non-conserving pricing structure provides no incentives to consumers to reduce water use. Such pricing may be characterized by one or more of the following components:
 -- Rates in which the unit price of water decreases as the quantity of water used increases (decreasing block rates);
 -- Rates that involve charging customers a set fee per unit of time (i.e., $40 per month) regardless of the quantity of water used (flat rates).
 The regulation adopted today was based on recommendations from the commission's Water Conservation Advisory Committee, which worked closely with the public utility commissions in the four basin states in shaping its proposal.
 The DRBC is responsible for water resources management in the basin, which extends 330 miles from the Delaware River's headwaters near Hancock, N.Y., to the mouth of the Delaware Bay. The commissioners are the governors of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
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 /CONTACT: Jeffrey Feathrstone of the DRBC, 609-883-9500/ CO: Delaware River Basin Commission ST: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware IN: SU:


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