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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.

​Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Utilities Commission

Wastewater system master plan will be used for annual capital improvement plan development.

​Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Utilities Commission

Black & Veatch completed a wastewater collection system master plan for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County City/County Utility Commission (CCUC). The results of this project will be used to plan future capital expenditures.


The 30-year wastewater system master plan will provide the necessary tools for annual capital improvement plan (CIP) development, and it will offer ongoing capacity analysis of the wastewater system. The task included the traditional master planning elements, such as projecting system growth and flows, and conducting hydraulic modeling to assess system capacity. The analysis also determined future infrastructure improvements needed to convey projected dry and wet weather flows. In addition, various asset management assessments were conducted to provide a holistic CIP solution. 


Primary tasks of the project included:


  • Historical growth analysis and growth projections.

  • Dynamic hydraulic model and system capacity analysis fully calibrated to observed flow and rainfall data.

  • Asset management assessment using PAS 55 and asset evaluation.

  • Lift station condition and risk assessment.

  • Development of rehabilitation and replacement projects.

  • Provision of a GIS-based interactive CIP tool integrating system piping and facilities with CIP projects.

  • A gap analysis that provided a number of recommendations for CCUC to consider in improving the overall collection system.


CCUC now possesses a detailed master plan that will more easily map out future capital expenditures and help ensure funds are expended in the best manner.