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A Status Report on
Public/Private Partnerships
in
Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems

(Excerpts and Highlights from the US Conference of Mayors, Urban Water Council)


The results of this survey on public/private partnerships for water and wastewater services are derived from the responses of 261 cities, providing water and wastewater services to over 40 million people. These cities are served by 560 facilities (275 water; 285 wastewater).

Of the cities responding to this survey:

Of the cities that do not currently have a public/private partnership for water services, 14% are considering implementing a partnership arrangement.

Of the cities that do not currently have a public/private partnership for wastewater services, 11 % are considering implementing a partnership arrangement.

Of the cities which currently have a public/private partnership, the most common water services being provided by the private sector are:

Design and Construction -- 71 %
Meter Reading -- 33%
Billing and Collection -- 31 %
Distribution System O&M -- 25 %
Consumer/Customer Education -- 21 %
Biosolids Management -- 20%
Treatment Facility O&M -- 19%

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