Utilities in the United States, particularly in the Southeast, are being challenged by the need for funding to invest in water infrastructure. Choosing between the variety of funding mechanisms and delivery options that are currently available can be just as daunting a task. No single funding mechanism or project delivery alternative should be viewed as a silver bullet or magic wand that can solve every problem. Instead, water leaders should consider the full complement of options to fit a specific project’s needs and opportunities, as well as those of their organizations.
This roundtable dialogue covered both traditional and innovative approaches to financing and delivering water projects, weighed the strengths and weaknesses of each, and evaluated case studies for best practices and lessons learned. The impacts of potential changes in programs and applicable laws were addressed throughout the dialogue.
Jeff Hughes presented EFC research on alternative water service delivery models.