Assessing Fees and Charges for Water and Waste Services
The significant investments in the sector of wastewater disposal have caused local government’s wastewater fees to climb twice as quickly as the cost of living. Since recovery periods have been reached, and plants and organisations optimised, some local governments have been able to ease such price increases, whereas others have had to increase their fees. Many things repeatedly place fees in the focus of public discussions: as they are considered unjust, as local governments undergo change and as current jurisdiction – the verdict of the administrative court of NRW – requires fee splitting.
Wastewater treatment plants and sewer system operators need a just calculation of their fees. Moreover all participating parties wish to reach a high degree of acceptance from the fee payer, which means that the fee model has to be transparent and easily communicated to such paying customers. In addition, neither the introduction nor the application of the fee measurement may require unnecessary funding. FiW supports local governments and water boards as they develop rules for assessing fees and charges. Optimising standards of assessment – in view of a payer-pays cost distribution – takes on a special significance.
In this context, we offer the following services:
- Assessing assets,
- Selecting appropriate assessment parameters,
- Developing assessment rules,
- Recording and evaluating spaces,
- Calculating fees and charges, and
- fee splitting including citizen participation, database questions and further associated tasks.