These free, interactive online rate and financial benchmarking dashboards are designed to assist utility managers and local officials to compare and analyze water and wastewater rates against multiple characteristics, including utility finances, system characteristics, customer base socioeconomic conditions, geography, and history. The dashboards are used by utility managers and finance officers to benchmark their rates and financial performance of the water systems, and to communicate to their boards and customers information about the financial management and rates charged by the utility.
There are rate and financial benchmarking dashboards for several states. Many are created with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency through the Smart Management for Small Water Systems project. Creation of the dashboards for some states began in 2012. The year of the most recent update is listed on the landing page of the dashboard, when you click on the corresponding state.