Public Utilities, Second Edition

Public Utilities, Second Edition

Old Problems, New Challenges

David E. McNabb

A thoroughly updated introduction to the current issues and challenges facing managers and administrators in the investor and publicly owned utility industry, this engaging volume addresses management concerns in five sectors of the utility industry: electric power, natural gas, water, wastewater systems and public transit.

Chapter 6: Water and wastewater utilities

David E. McNabb

Subjects: economics and finance, public sector economics, politics and public policy, public policy


Chapter 6 is an introduction to the water utility sector. This nation’s sector consists of two main segments: (1) the utilities that distribute water to where it is needed and (2) the general services segment that provides water and wastewater related services to utilities and consumers. This chapter addresses the utilities segment. The majority of systems in this segment are owned and operated by local governments or special districts, accounting for approximately 84 percent of all community water systems and 98 percent of all community wastewater systems. The utility systems are heavily regulated, both for safety and sanitation and for environmental impact.

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