"BLUEPRINT" for pubic-private partnering
Washington, DC (September 12, 2003)-The Water Partnership Council (WPC) today released
its "blueprint" for public-private partnerships to mayors and other municipal
officials attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Urban Water Summit in Chicago.
The handbook, Establishing Public-Private Partnerships for Water and Wastewater Systems: A
Blueprint for Success, offers guidance to communities considering whether to partner with
the private sector, and how to manage public-private partnerships to meet their water and
Based on interviews with 30 community leaders and industry experts, the handbook reflects
the collective experience of the Water Partnership Council's members and the communities
"This handbook is the result of our members' three decades of experience in serving
communities across the country-not just from our perspective but from the perspective of
our public-sector partners," says Water Partnership Council President Don Evans.
"It presents the facts about water and wastewater partnerships and the value they can
provide to communities."
Chapters cover everything from the basics of partnering and cost savings, to taking care
of employees and developing an effective contract. Chapter 1 describes the WPC's meaning
of a "public-private partnership." Chapters 2 through 4 document the benefits
that more than a thousand communities have derived from partnering with WPC member
companies. Chapters 5 through 9 provide details on how communities can achieve the
benefits and avoid the potential pitfalls.
The Water Partnership Council is a non-profit organization established by the leading
providers of operational services for water and wastewater systems in the United States.
The Council seeks to partner with citizens, local governments, and organizations committed
to strengthening this country's water and wastewater infrastructure. Council members are
American Water, Covanta Water, OMI, Severn Trent Services, Southwest Water Company
Services Group, United Water and USFilter.
For more information about the Water Partnership Council, or to obtain a copy of the
handbook, call (202) 466-5445 or visit www.waterpartnership.org.