Financing Water Supply Infrastructure - A Public Works Perspective

by John P. Sullivan, Jr., Boston Water & Sewer Commission, Boston, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority was established to ensure that the regional water and wastewater needs were properly addressed, removing the budget process from the legislature and establishing an autonomous eleven-member board to set the rates necessary to provide for needed improvements. The paper first presents an overview of the water system it is responsible for, including legislation, metering, leak detection, and related subjects. It then discusses rate considerations, capital improvements, and billing statistics.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water treatment plants | Water supply systems | Legislation | Wastewater management | Budgets | Industrial wastes | Water meters | Massachusetts | United States

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