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Taking Advantage of an Integrated Planning Approach to Maximize Funding Options and Affordability for Capital Programs: A Los Angeles Case Study

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This poster shows how conducting financial planning in an integrated resources planning context for the City of Los Angeles' wastewater, stormwater, and water systems has increased the range of funding options for meeting future utility system needs in a manner that is affordable to system customers. Key elements of the strategy that will be highlighted include: 1) Identifying a set of optimal, viable funding sources; 2) Planning for affordability; and 3) Feedback loops to the facilities planning processes.

The objective of the IRP financial planning studies being conducted in 2003 is to identify an implementable, affordable funding program that allows development of wastewater, water, and stormwater capital projects consistent with guiding principles identified through an extensive stakeholder input process. Because of the increased inter-connectivity of the City's wastewater, water and stormwater systems, the decision was made to integrate the planning for the next generation of facilities to a degree not previously attempted. The poster illustrates how facility requirements throughout the water network are linked.

The poster also identifies the aggressive program that has been used to identify traditional and creative funding sources to help finance the next wave of capital additions, maintenance, and renewal of the system's aging assets. The poster includes and expands upon the description of dynamic feedback loops between technical studies, illustrated below, which are central to the success of the efforts to define an optimized set of facilities and financial/rate strategies.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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