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Community Based Partnership

A Community Based Partnership Model is where a local government or public utility aggregates multiple improvement projects together into single, integrated procurement, creating one point of private sector accountability for linear type projects that support environmental, social and governance goals for a community through-out its lifecycle. It uses a performance-based contract, linking the partner’s payment to specific, measurable goals. The private partner assumes both short and long-term budget and schedule risks, incentivizing best value and a whole life compliance solution. The public sector can also require its private partner to achieve specific Key Performance Indicators to create jobs and engage with minority and women owned enterprises to create resilience solutions that create green space and achieve other community and economic development goals. Additionally, the private partner can also source best fit capital to invest “at risk” portion of development work to provide an earlier start to a program which the government partner can refinance with lower cost of capital upon completion and certification of the projects that make up the program.

Water Corporation – W2W Alliance

Water Corporation in Australia receives a completed upgrade program for its wastewater treatment plants ahead of schedule.

Water Corporation – W2W Alliance

Water Corporation is one of Australia's largest and most successful water service providers with more than $10 billion invested in water services infrastructure. The company provides water, wastewater, drainage and irrigation services to the burgeoning city of Perth and hundreds of Western Australian towns and communities spread over 2.5 million square kilometers.

      •   2.2M hours without lost time

      •   Zero environmental incidents
      •   Five year program completed in four year

      •   Completed 5% under budget


Water Corporation appointed the strategic alliance of Black & Veatch and Theiss to deliver the Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Upgrade Program. The program was completed ahead of schedule and provided engineering, procurement and construction management services for the modification and upgrading of the Beenyup and Woodman Point wastewater treatment plants. In addition, feasibility and planning studies were carried out for the Subiaco plant. 

The alliance was appointed for a five-year program, but the bulk of the predominantly brown-field work was completed in four years. The overall value of the capital program was in excess of AUD$350million. Black & Veatch provided a multi-disciplined team, including principle engineering, procurement, project controls, construction and commissioning resources. 


Water Corporation received the upgraded plants ahead of schedule. The client received 14 separate program TOCs (target out-turn costs), which were managed by an overarching program management team.