Central Arkansas Water (CAW) began funding its watershed protection program using a $0.45 monthly meter fee, which they displayed on bills to increase customer knowledge of watershed protection.
The fee generated over $1 million annually and was used primarily to purchase land and conservation easements, but also for other watershed activities that protected or improved water quality.
CAW eventually added fee levels based on the meter size, which now range from $0.75 for 5/8” and 3/4” meters to $60 for 10” meters.
Private and municipal water purveyors in B.C. could begin engaging with citizens to gain support on implementing a fixed source water protection fee.