Enhanced Prioritization Helps Guide Aurora Water's Capital Budget Decisions

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In 2007, Aurora Water, a utility serving the City of Aurora, Colorado, with a service population of 340,000, decided to implement an enhanced capital improvement plan (CIP) prioritization strategy for water, sewer, and stormwater capital projects. The objective of the project was to aid capital budget and capital improvement plan decisions by more explicitly identifying the contributions of candidate projects to the utility's weighted goals and objectives. This paper describes the method used by Aurora Water to implement the enhanced prioritization, the results of the prioritization analysis, and how the prioritization analysis was used to guide near-term and long-term capital budgeting decisions.

Keywords: CIP prioritization; capital planning; financial planning; utility management

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864709793953269

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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