This was an interactive workshop on regionalization and partnerships between water/wastewater utilities.
Partnerships between water and wastewater utilities in North Carolina range from interlocal agreements for purchasing or selling water/wastewater treatment (for emergencies or recurring basis), formal arrangements to share treatment capacity and assets, contracting out management, to consolidation and mergers. Many factors need to be carefully considered and addressed before utilities enter into formal partnership arrangements. This workshop focused on addressing those factors, including presentations on new guidance documents to assist utilities in these cases and solicit discussions regarding management/board decisions when entering into formal partnership agreements.
- The spectrum of partnerships/regionalization efforts across the state
- Guidance for interlocal agreements when purchasing/selling water or wastewater treatment
- Considerations and guidance when consolidating water or wastewater utilities
- Efficiencies and cost reductions when sharing treatment capacity or services
- Managing the financial risks that can accompany regionalization efforts
- Discussions and interactive sessions on what officials/managers consider when making decisions about potential partnerships