This installment of “By the numbers” contains financial data from water utilities in North
America. The graphs are derived from the recently published WRF report #4366, Defining a
Resilient Business Model for Water Utilities. More information on the financial condition of water
utilities and practices that have the potential to improve financial resiliency can be found in
the feature article, Providing Solutions to the Financial Challenges Facing the Water Industry.
Total operating revenues as a percent of total
revenues among 662 utilities nationwide in 2012
Total operating expenses as a percent of total
expenses among 260 utilities nationwide
Data analyzed by the EnvironmentalFinance Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. Data Source: Moody’s Water and Sewer Municipal Financial Ratio Analysis.
Data analyzed by the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. Data Source: The AWWA-RFC Water and Wastewater Rate Survey in 2012. Total
expenses are the sum of total operating expenses and total non-operating expenses.