Information about regionalization options and financial impacts is essential to understand what this approach can do to increase financial stability in the water and wastewater sector, including the variety of paths available. Partnerships between water and wastewater utilities can consist of a range of structures, including:
- Interlocal agreements for purchasing or selling water/wastewater treatment (for emergencies or recurring basis)
- Formal arrangements to share treatment capacity and assets
- Contracting of management
- Consolidation of other select services
- Full mergers
Many factors need to be carefully considered and addressed before utilities enter into formal partnership arrangements. Through multiple projects and partnerships, the EFC is working to address those factors and research the possible outcomes of consolidation in various utility situations.
For more information on regionalization, visit Utility Regionalization And Consolidation.