Alternative Delivery of Water Projects in California – How Do We Build It?

Date / Time:
Wednesday, Sep 27 1:20pm to 1:50pm
Convention Center 202
Track / Session:
Municipal Programs Track / Financing Alternatives

Public-private partnerships (P3s) and other alternative delivery models have become critical tools for completion of infrastructure projects across sectors. California has been a major leader of this trend, with alternative delivery models implemented for public infrastructure development - typically in transportation, however this model has had limited use in for the delivery of large scale water projects – including stormwater projects. The panel will discuss their specific California infrastructure project experiences and the issues impacting use of P3s and alternative delivery for stormwater projects in California.
1. What is “Alternative Delivery” and what benefits could it provide for stormwater projects?
2. Perception of US Water Market / Alternative Delivery in the U.S.
a. 10-15 years ago, water was ahead of the curve in the U.S
b. Water market more fractured than transportation – e.g. various State, county, local agencies with smaller individual projects – compare this with State DOTs who have a core business in construction and who have been responsible for the bulk of transportation P3s in the U.S
c. What is driving the water market? Water Storage? Water quality? Consent decrees? Collateral issues?
3. Legislative and Policy Issues Impacting Alternative Delivery of Water Projects
a. Legal / regulatory hurdles to integration of captured storm water into water supply
b. Legislative fixes proposed for stormwater
c. Authorizing legislation for stormwater projects in California - Inconsistent, limited legislation / legal authority for project delivery
d. Lack of a one size all approach means high procurement costs for private sector which may not be worthwhile for one-off projects
e. Funding sources:
ii. SRF
iii. Other
4. Examples of stormwater projects utilizing alternative delivery in California
5. Key Issues / Factors Influencing alternative delivery of stormwater projects
a. Concern re ownership and operation of water assets by private sector / privatization
b. Likely smaller size of individual projects at a local level will be a consideration in determining the right procurement strategy
c. Bundling of projects?
d. Credit quality of local / municipal agencies
e. Resourcing / capability of relevant agencies
f. Ability to transfer demand risk
g. Rigorous, transparent form of procurement analysis

Primary Speaker:
Elizabeth Cousins, Nossaman LLP
Supporting Speaker 1:
Gil Crozes, Carollo Engineers
Primary Speaker Biography: 

For more than a decade, Elizabeth Cousins has served as a key advisor on an array of important infrastructure projects delivered through public-private partnerships (P3s) and other alternative delivery methods. Public and private entities have benefited from her strategic and commercial advice in procuring complex and cutting-edge projects in the water, transportation and social infrastructure sectors. As a former attorney at one of Australia’s leading law firms, she advised on some of that country’s highest profile P3 deals. She now uses her skills to advance large U.S. projects – from business case and development to implementation and contract administration.

Supporting Speakers Biographies: 

Dr. Gil Crozes is a Senior Vice President at Carollo with 28 years of experience specializing in water quality, water resources planning, water and wastewater facilities planning, treatment processes, and treatment plant design, construction and operations. Dr. Crozes has also served several large municipal clients providing program management support and owner’s agent procurement assistance services. He is also experienced with delivering projects using Design Build, Design Build Operate (Finance), and Construction Management at Risk delivery methods.