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​​You're constantly challenged to maintain and upgrade your essential infrastructure and manage your budget across numerous competing requirements.

Increasingly, municipalities like yours are turning to EPCOR for solutions, whether for improved water quality or wastewater treatment.

We work with communities in Canada and the USA to build reliable and cost-effective water solutions. Whether you're upgrading existing water or wastewater infrastructure now or contemplating how best to prepare for challenges in the future, we have the expertise to help you address:

  • Regulatory changes
  • Aging infrastructure
  • Technology challenges
  • Staffing constraints

Water services

​We provide an extensive range of water services for municipalities and specialize in project management approaches to help your community. 

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Tailor-Made approach

We tailor each project approach to integrate your priorities and specific technical requirements. Our project team then takes accountability for implementing the agreed-upon scope to the highest standards.

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Funding infrastructure

Learn what public-private partnerships (P3s) are, their benefits, and browse some EPCOR examples. 

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Water Services

​Services

We provide an extensive range of water services for municipalities, including:

  • Upgrading or building water and wastewater infrastructure
  • Water operations consulting
  • Utility management
  • Water and sewer field services
  • Laboratory services
  • Meter services
  • Complete water treatment processes

​Project management approaches

We specialize in project management approaches to help affiliate communities:

  • Align design priorities
  • Achieve cost efficiencies
  • Access improved systems
  • Improve public health and safety
  • Enhance environmental protection

Tailor-made approach

We tailor our solution to your project

We tailor each project approach to integrate your priorities and specific technical requirements. Our project team then takes accountability for implementing the agreed-upon scope to the highest standards. This 6-step process helps municipalities at every stage of the infrastructure process. The EPCOR team provides access to and support from one of the leading water companies in Canada.

Step 1: Kick-off meeting

Purpose: Define "what success looks like" from each stakeholder's perspective.

  • EPCOR
  • Mayor
  • Councilors
  • CAO
  • Municipality finance lead
  • Municipality infrastructure lead
Step 2: Define needs & drivers with core team

Purpose: Consider the following drivers:

  • Community
  • Current infrastructure
  • Budget/value
  • Geography
  • Regional systems
  • Environment
  • Political
  • Regulator
  • Watersheds

This is a two-way education process for team members. It gives the opportunity to check and validate assumptions with experienced experts.
Once the core team has a prioritized list, move to step 3. 

Step 3: Define scope with EPCOR, Infrastructure, CAO & Finance

Purpose: Discuss:

  • Facilities
  • Political impacts

Once the team has a prioritized list, go back and test it with the step 2 list. If they still work, move to step 4. If not, go back to step 2 to redefine needs and drivers.

Step 4: Define risks with EPCOR, CAO, Infrastructure & Finance

Purpose: Discuss how to allocate and manage risks for the municipality.

Once the group has a prioritized list, go back and test it with lists from step 2 and 3. If they still work, move to step 5. If not, go back to step 2 and 3 to redefine needs and drivers.

Step 5: Approve final prioritized needs, scope and risk
Step 6: EPCOR develops a cost-effective, tailor-made solution

Funding Infrastructure

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)

Communities across Canada are being challenged to provide safe, quality drinking water and reliable, environmentally-responsible wastewater service.

To meet the challenge, provinces and communities are forging partnerships with expert providers who can design, build and operate advanced water and wastewater infrastructure.

These partnerships are delivering results. They have allowed communities to keep local public ownership and regulation of infrastructure, while at the same time providing access to expert external managers and the latest innovations in design, construction and technology. They have also lowered costs and improved service for customers.

What are public-private partnerships (P3s)?

​A P3 is a cooperative venture between the public and private sector, built on the expertise of each partner. Usually the private partner takes on some or many of the project risks and roles historically assumed by governments.

In infrastructure projects like water or wastewater treatment plants, a typical P3 model involves the private sector leading the design, construction and operation of the system over a long-term contract for pre-determined annual payments. Contracts are typically 10-20 years. The private sector partner may also finance the project, but the project often remains under public ownership.

What are the benefits of P3s

​The primary benefit of a P3 to a community is a guaranteed price, for a guaranteed service level, over a set period of time.

Here are some situations where P3s are a good fit for municipalities:

A need to expand infrastructure

  • New or emerging regulatory standards
  • When debt limits have been reached
  • Where funds are required in other core service areas
  • Lack of in-house expertise
  • Inability to fund initial studies
  • Projects needing completion on short timelines
What is the track record of P3s?

In the United Kingdom, the treasury department reported the following:

  • Public-private partnerships experience overall cost savings of 20% compared to publicly procured operations
  • Only 24% of these projects were delivered late, compared to 70% in the public sector
  • Cost-overruns occurred only 22% of the time under these partnerships compared to 73% in the public sector

EPCOR has delivered similarly positive results for many communities using public-private partnership models, bringing major construction projects in on budget and on time.

What is the difference between P3s and Privatization?

​Privatization is where a product or service is turned over to the private sector and it is totally market-driven.

A P3 is not privatization. A P3 brings together the expertise of the public and private sector. The infrastructure often remains publicly owned, and the performance of the private partner is governed both by contractual terms and public regulation.

The Public Sector brings:

  • Public involvement
  • Public ownership
  • Unionized workforce
  • Social sensitivity
  • Community service
  • Investment

The Private Sector brings:

  • Reduced waste and duplication
  • Productivity standards
  • Accountability
  • Competitiveness
  • Customer focus
  • Freedom to grow and be entrepreneurial
  • Performance-based compensation
  • Financial success

Learn more about our P3s

We've become a trusted provider of safe, reliable and high-quality water and wastewater service in more than 70 communities and counties across Western Canada and parts of the USA: