Cost-Benefit Analysis of Consolidating Municipal Water Utilities in Wisconsin: A Case Study in Dane County

Water utilities across the country have started implementing consolidation strategies to counteract the increasing financial burdens they face. These burdens include costly repairs to aging pipes and replacement of lead pipes, as well as new testing requirements for contaminants like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Water utilities in Wisconsin are facing the same burdens, so the agency that regulates these utilities, the Public Service Commission, is interested in strategies that other states have used to be more cost-effective. One of the most popular strategies appears to be consolidation. Consolidation can take many forms, so this cost-benefit analysis seeks to assess the feasibility of one such form in Wisconsin: operator consolidation.


  • Course: Cost-Benefit Analysis Public Affairs 881 taught by Morgan Edwards, Fall 2022
  • Authors: Jacob Boelter, Benjamin Eidler, Sarah Nesci, Abigail Peterson, and Mitchell Wenzel
  • Client: Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

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