Country’s Privatized Municipal Utilities Deteriorating

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

A California county is seeking to establish a public-private partnership to manage, finance and develop its solid-waste facility. Imperial County is among many other counties and cities across the nation seeking public-private partnerships to manage municipal utilities.

The county’s decision to take partnership considerations occurs in the wake of robust public-private partnership discussion across the nation. A recent study by Bluefield Research on municipal water and wastewater highlights the gaps in the $728 billion industry.

Bluefield Research discovered that 15 percent of community water systems are managed by private entities. Given the mounting debt and increased deterioration of municipal systems, the collaboration between public and private sectors provides the opportunity to improve municipal utility development in communities across the United States.

Under the Imperial County P3, the selected partner will be responsible for modifying the existing solid waste stream management system in addition to establishing new business strategies and long-term operations.

Click here for the full story on the Imperial County RFP.

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