Tighe & Bond Publishes 2017 Mass. Water & Sewer Rate Surveys

Westfield, Massachusetts – February 8, 2018 –Tighe & Bond just published the results of its most recent Massachusetts Water and Sewer Rate Survey. Since 1997, Tighe & Bond has gathered and published Massachusetts water and sewer user rates data that municipal government and private water suppliers can use as a benchmarking tool for comparing their rates against other suppliers in the state.

The survey, conducted across the state during 2017, includes typical annual homeowner water and sewer costs for most systems throughout Massachusetts. It also provides information regarding rate structures and billing cycles. This can be particularly useful information when suppliers are considering adjustments to their current rates or rate structures.

What’s New This Year

Tighe & Bond is now teaming with the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina School of Government to present the results of the firm’s rate study using a free, online rates dashboard developed, hosted and maintained by the Center. This gives users more flexibility in examining the survey data. Users can adjust the assumed annual usage that the comparison is based on, review conservation and affordability metrics, as well as compare annual bills. They can also compare rates by utility size, river basin, geographic area, and median household income.

Survey Results

The 2017 water survey indicates that annual water costs in in Massachusetts range from a low of $123 to a high of $2,025. The 2017 average is $595, and the median is $568.  Sixty-five percent of survey respondents have increased their rates since our 2014 survey.

The 2017 sewer survey indicates that annual sewer costs in in Massachusetts range from a low of $229 to a high of $2,316.  The 2017 average is $862, and the median is $838.  Three-quarters of survey respondents have increased their rates since our 2014 survey.

Anyone can access the online rates dashboard, or request a copy of these survey results, by visiting https://www.tighebond.com/category/rate-surveys.

Tighe & Bond’s Blog for Water System Challenges

One of the most commonly reported challenges facing water systems across Massachusetts and throughout New England is aging infrastructure. A rate structure designed to provide sustainable revenue for operations and capital programs is critical to ensure reliable, safe drinking water and effective sewer and fire protection. Tighe & Bond’s “Water Insights” blog located at https://www.tighebond.com/category/water-insights/ features numerous articles supporting municipal and water company concerns.

About Tighe & Bond

Tighe & Bond, Inc. provides comprehensive engineering and environmental services to hundreds of public and private clients across the northeastern United States, with emphasis on the education, energy, government, healthcare, industrial, real estate, and water/wastewater market. A staff of more than 330 people work from offices located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Westwood, Pocasset, Worcester and Westfield, Massachusetts; Middletown and Shelton, Connecticut; and Rhinebeck, New York.

An employee-owned firm, Tighe & Bond is invested in its clients’ successes. In business for over a century, the firm never stops evolving and improving to keep pace with client needs. Vision, technical expertise, exceptional service and strong client relationships have always been at its forefront.

Engineering News Record ranks Tighe & Bond a top 10 New England design firm, a top 500 national design firm, and a top 200 environmental firm. Building Design+Construction also ranks Tighe & Bond one of the top 60 engineering firms in the United States, and Zweig Group has recognized Tighe & Bond several times as a best engineering firm to work for in the United States.

For more information, please contact Marketing/Communications Specialist Debbie Whitney at 413-572-3207, or email at [email protected].