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How EPA’s Water Infrastructure Planning Tool Can Help Utilities Engage Community & Make Cost-Effective Multi-Benefit InvestmentsJune 20th, 1:00-2:00 pm Eastern
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|On June 20th 2023, tune in to learn about EPA’s Augmented Alternatives Analysis (AAA), a systematic, easily explainable, and transparent process to engage community stakeholders, explain technical analysis, and quantify and compare economic, social, and environmental benefits to make optimal investments and address the challenges and expectations of modern-day project decision-making. As part of this webinar, you’ll:Learn about how Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority used the process to identify an optimal and cost-effective mix of green and gray infrastructure to support their long-term control plan Understand how the process can help your utility identify and evaluate the full range of potential social, environmental, and economic benefits these long-term investments can yield.Register by clicking on the “Click here to register” button at the top or bottom, or copy and paste: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_PoCYLKRtTgKEkJxEoDWNDw |
What is Augmented Alternatives Analysis?
To provide sustainable, cost-effective services, water utilities are regularly faced with the need to make large capital investments to increase levels of treatment, replace aging infrastructure, build major facility upgrades, or transform traditional treatment plants into more cost-effective “water resource recovery facilities” — all while keeping rates affordable for their customers. These challenges translate into necessary, often costly capital program investments funded largely by the utility’s customers and today’s capital project decisions are the foundation for decades of commitment to funding both the operating and capital costs over decades of service.The AAA process incorporates past utility experiences and lessons learned to provide you with a simple, sound, easily explainable and transparent way to incorporate community values and best meet utility needs as you evaluate and select infrastructure investments. These attributes of AAA may also help utilities looking to meet requirements, such as those outlined in EPA’s Integrated Planning Guidance, which stresses the importance of stakeholder engagement, the evaluation of community impacts, and the evaluation of a broader range of approaches and practices with an emphasis on sustainable solutions.
The AAA process is detailed in the Making the Right Choices for your Utility: Integrating Community Priorities and Triple Bottom Line Criteria into the Decision-Making Process guide, which was revised in 2022 to incorporate experiences and lessons learned during pilot projects. To read about the pilots in detail, visit our case study documents on the Camden pilot and the Saco + HLCC pilots. Click here to registerTo download the PDF flyer, click here