Economics


MWRA Boston Harbor Project Budget

The Boston Harbor Project is a project that is in the process of improving the water quality and the waste removal in the Boston Harbor areas. The project began in 1984. In 1998, it is now 94% completed and has cost $3.6 billion. The material and the labor used for this project amount to a lot of money that is put into the local economy.

Water and Sewage Usage Rates

The average family of four living in the Boston area uses 90,000 gallons* in a year. The average water and sewer yearly bill is about $675. The sewer charge is $442 a year and the water charge is about $233 a year. The rates of these bills have increased 300% in the past twelve years. In 1986, the average family of four paid a bill of $161 for water and sewer. In 1998 the bill has increased to $675 for that same family of four.

* MWRA Update Information (August, 2000):
The 90,000 gallon figure is often used in comparisons (the Advisory Board Annual Water and Sewer Retail Rate Survey), but 90,000 gallons a year is actually a higher rate of consumption than we typically see in the MWRA service area. Data provided by the communities suggests that the average household water use in the MWRA service area is 63,000 gallons a year, and ranges from a low of 50,000 gallons a year to a high of about 90,000 gallons a year.

Massachusetts Fisheries Services

According to recent statistics Massachusetts brings in $10,200,000 dollars a year from fish landings 0-3 miles off the shore. With the new outfall tunnels the nutrients will no longer be available for the inshore fish and therefore the numbers may go down. When the numbers go down, the fishing industry is apt to raise the price per pound because the supply will be less. In order for the fishermen to make ends meet they may need to raise the prices.

In the 3- 200 miles off shore range the fisheries bring in 97,300,000 dollars per year. When the new outfall tunnel is in effect the nutrients will now be added to this range of the ocean. With the new source of food could come a greater number of fish and with more fish comes more money for the fisheries. Fishermen who fish these waters could have higher profits.

Go To National Marine Fisheries Services for more information.

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