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100 1  Relph, Tamara 
245 10 Patterns of Regional Collaboration among Municipal Water 
       and Wastewater Utilities 
300    166 p 
500    Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 50-06, 
500    Adviser: Angela R. Bielefeldt 
502    Thesis (M.E.)--University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012 
520    The goal of this research was to provide a comprehensive 
       examination of regional water and wastewater utility 
       collaboration. Water and wastewater utilities continually 
       face new challenges that require unique efforts and 
       solutions to address. Regional collaboration may 
       effectively address these challenges, including new and 
       ongoing issues such as water quality and supply, economic 
       factors, customer service and communication, and disaster 
       response/security. Regional collaboration among water and/
       or wastewater utilities was evaluated using a national 
       survey of collaborations (conducted in collaboration with 
       the Strategic Management Practices Committee of the 
       American Water Works Association) and a survey of 
       utilities in Colorado. The results from these surveys 
       illustrated several examples of collaboration areas, 
       governance structures, financial management types, 
       benefits, and lessons learned from 150 different regional 
       collaborations. Regional collaborations appear very common,
       especially in Colorado, where most the utilities surveyed 
       participated in at least 3 collaboratives. Additionally, 
       these collaborations are much older than initially 
       anticipated, with 30% of the collaboratives from the 
       national survey and 63% of the collaborations from 
       Colorado working together for at least 11 years. The key 
       collaboration areas described were legislative/regulatory 
       issues, operational concerns and efficiencies, water 
       supply concerns, and cost reductions. Surprisingly, no 
       particular trends were found comparing collaboration size,
       age, governance structure, financial management types, or 
       areas of collaboration. There was a great diversity of 
       ideas evident for lessons learned and benefits from 
       regional collaborations. The most common benefits of 
       regional collaboration were cost reductions, regulatory 
       and policy coordination, information sharing and 
       communication, and shared water resources planning. By 
       examining the critical factors for success, challenges and
       constraints, and roadblocks and barriers described by the 
       utilities and collaborations, other interested parties can
       get ideas to guide their own collaborations. Regional 
       collaborations are unique and diverse; there are no simple
       models for developing a successful collaboration. These 
       collaborations yield a wide range of benefits, and all 
       utilities are encouraged to explore the potential to 
       address challenges that they are facing by collaborating 
       with others 
590    School code: 0051 
650  4 Engineering, Environmental 
690    0775 
710 2  University of Colorado at Boulder.|bCivil Engineering 
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