All successful Water Planning Agencies that fulfill regional and wholesale supply responsibilities must operate at a macroscopic level, with a very comprehensive perspective of the intertwined social, environmental, and economic criteria for sustained water resource supply and resource management. These successful programs begin with a well-developed plan. This is especially true for water, wastewater, stormwater, and irrigation utilities that face ever increasing resource limitations, aging infrastructure, growth pressures, regulatory changes affecting water quantity and quality, and tight budgets. This becomes a juggling act that requires a reliable, long-range vision supported by a current and comprehensive master plan—one that is tailored to key regional and local values, yet is still affordable and provides sustainable solutions.
In today's environment, utilities must consider a broader perspective of alternatives that consider impacts throughout the water cycle, as well as between the planning, engineering, operational, financial, and other service responsibilities of municipal and industrial clients. A truly integrated utility master plan will identify sustainable and affordable technical, financial, and managerial solutions that are tailored to simultaneously address multiple challenges.
This approach also helps optimize operations in light of declining revenues and rising costs and prioritize sustainable strategies that return the most for your investment. Costs and risks are minimized to produce a responsible and credible management plan.