Rate Setting

Rate Setting

To help ensure that the state's water utilities have sufficient financial capacity to provide public health and safety, the PSC establishes and approves rates and monitors utilities' financial sufficiency.  The rate-setting process typically addresses multiple objectives, including cost recovery, affordability, economic development, resource sustainability, and other community-specific factors. 

Comparing Customer Bills

Water Bill Calculator

The Commission maintains a Quarterly Water Bill Comparison tool that allows you to run a comparison of customer bills for either a single utility or multiple utilities in the utility class or county you select. The tool allows users to specify customer class, volume used, and meter size. 

Wisconsin Residential Water Rates Dashboard

As part of a collaborative, nationwide project, the PSC has worked with the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to develop a residential water rates dashboard for Wisconsin.  This dashboard is part of the Smart Management for Small Water Systems project of the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN). The interactive Rates Dashboard provides a snapshot of a utility's rates and financial characteristics in relation to several rate-making objectives.  The Dashboard is designed to assist utility managers, finance directors, Board members, state and local officials, reporters, and customers in comparing existing and proposed residential water rates with utilities of varying characteristics, including system size, customer base demographics, and geographic location. Data used to develop the current version of the dashboard are drawn from the PSC’s tariff and annual report databases, as well as the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and  the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.  The current version of the dashboard includes residential drinking water rate structures effective as of January 8, 2018 and does not reflect any rate changes since that time.  To connect to the dashboard, visit UNC’s EFCN by clicking the link below:

Wisconsin Residential Water Rates Dashboard