Little Rock Wastewater Utility

Arkansas

RFC was retained by the City of Little Rock’s Wastewater Utility (LRW) to perform a comprehensive cost of service analysis and system valuation study.  LRW is implementing a significant capital improvement program in compliance with a consent order with the State of Arkansas and the EPA to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows.  The requirements of this consent order are placing substantial pressure on LRW’s costs and wastewater rates and fees.  The major components of the project included:

In addition to these project components, RFC also assisted LRW with the creation and implementation of a Rate Advisory Committee (RAC).  The RAC consisted of members of the community representing a cross section of stakeholders including neighborhood groups, home builders, businesses, and the League of Women Voters.  The RAC held monthly meetings from March through August, as well as several interim workshops to develop a strong understanding of LRW’s operations and to provide input to the project team on pricing objectives, alternative rate structures, and LRW’s long term financial plan.