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2018 Tap Fee Techniques & Trends Workshop
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2018 Tap Fee Techniques & Trends Workshop

Tap fees (aka water system development charges) play a key role in meeting utilities’ financial needs as well as community growth objectives, and can even advance water efficiency goals. Raftelis, Western Resource Advocates and the Rocky Mountain Section of AWWA have teamed up to offer a one-day workshop on "Tap Fee Techniques & Trends".  

 Export to Your Calendar 8/14/2018
When: Tuesday, August 14
8:30am Registration 9:00am Program Begins
Where: American Water Works Association Headquarters Office
6666 West Quincy Avenue
Denver, Colorado  80112
Contact: Ann Guiberson

Online registration is available until: 8/7/2018
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This one-day workshop will focus on:

  • Basic mechanics of calculating SDCs

  • Techniques to account for:

    • Water conservation-oriented SDCs

    • Varying water demands of new developments

    • Redevelopment

  • Balancing competing objectives

  • Implementation practices

  • Discussion and brainstorming with your peer utilities!

The workshop will include multiple case study examples combined with instructional how-to sessions and lively discussion from participants. Lunch and refreshments, as well as a copy of “A Guide to Designing Conservation-Oriented System Development Charges” (authored by WRA and Raftelis) will be provided to all participants.

Who Should Attend:  Water utility financial officers, general managers, conservation professionals, consultants, and any other interested parties.

This workshop is supported through grants from the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Gates Family Foundation.

Registration Fees:

$60.00 RMSAWWA Members
$70.00 Non-Members

AGENDA - Click Here to Download

Agenda subject to some changes as details are finalized.




Session Description




8:30 – 9:00am



9:00 - 9:30am


System development charge methodology

·        Buy-in, incremental, hybrid

·        Demand requirements

  9:30 – 10:30am



  10:30 – 10:40am


Assessment Schedules and Case studies

·        Assessment schedules across customer classes (Single family residential, multi-family, ICI, irrigation)

·        Case Study Presentations (TBA)




  12:00 – 1:00pm


Policy and Administration

·        Balancing equity and simplicity

·        Conservation SDC ‘rebate’ programs

·        SDCs and smaller houses – is there a relationship?

·        Public process – communicating changes in SDCs and stakeholder engagement


1:00 – 2:30pm


Lessons learned and Q&A

Participants share lessons learned and ask the experts questions in a facilitated dialogue.


2:30 -3:30pm