Collaboration

Water Treatment plant tank

Collaboration among water and/or wastewater utilities can provide benefits to participants including economies of scale, elimination of duplicated services and/or efforts, and increased flexibility. Utility collaborations can range from completely informal (such as for information sharing) through contractual cost-sharing arrangements.

2012 Regional Collaboration Report

Report cover Regional collaboration can provide benefits to water and/or wastewater utilities across a wide range of operational and infrastructure areas. A National Inventory of Regional Collaboration Among Water and Wastewater Utilities was conducted to identify areas of collaboration, structures to facilitate collaborations, and recommendations and barriers to collaborative efforts.

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Prepared by Angela R. Bieflefeldt, R. Scott Summers and Tamara Relph, Department of Civil, Enviornmental, & Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
Funded by the AWWA Technical and Educational Council and sponsored by the Management & Leadership Division Strategic Management Practices Committee and Regional Collaboration Project Subcommittee members Prabha Kumar, Patricia Tennyson, Ray Yep and Jim Ginley

Potential Areas for Utility Collaboration

  • Cost reductions
  • Customer service
  • Emergency planning/response
  • Environmental assessment
  • Infrastructure assets
  • Legislative/regulatory issues
  • Operation concerns
  • Recreation needs
  • Technological research
  • Training and development
  • Water supply concerns