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Making the Right Choices for Your Utility: Using Augmented Alternatives Analysis Planning for Water Infrastructure
All across America, drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities are charged with safeguarding public health, protecting the environment, and sustaining critical water infrastructure investments for their communities. EPA estimates that roughly $655 billion will need to be invested in water infrastructure over the next 20 years. To meet these ambitious goals at the local and national level, meaningful community involvement and enhanced decision-making tools are critical to equitable multi-benefit investments. Traditional project alternative analysis often falls short in proactively engaging the community to understand their priorities; addressing and quantifying and social benefits and costs associated with these long-term infrastructure investments; and, selecting the most cost-effective project alternative in a complex decision-making context when there are multiple drivers. EPA’s water infrastructure capital project decision-making tool, referred to as Augmented Alternatives Analysis (AAA), can help water utilities embed principles of sustainability and community driven planning into their investment decisions to address the challenges and expectations of modern-day project decision-making. Join us for an overview of the AAA planning process, and receive first-hand experience from a former utility leader who participated in the process.


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