The Citrus Heights Water District (District) has selected Harris & Associates to conduct its 2030 Water Main Replacement Study, a project that will help prioritize infrastructure investments and benefit future generations.
The District has embarked on the nearly $400,000 study focusing on the three most important issues in the water industry, as identified by the American Water Works Association: renewal and replacement of infrastructure, financing of improvements, and public understanding of the value of water.
“As agencies such as the Citrus Heights Water District plan for replacement of their aging infrastructure, they must confront new challenges such as equitable funding options and public engagement in the age of social media,” said Roger Kohne, Senior Director at Harris and manager of the Citrus Heights project. “We’re excited to apply our expertise and vision to these challenges for the District.”
The Harris team consists of trusted advisors and seasoned experts with decades of collective experience in the areas of project management, GIS and data management, asset management, water modeling, water main planning, assessment, design and construction, water utility financial modeling, rate analyses, public engagement, and opinion surveys.
Harris has successfully guided water agencies through various planning studies by maintaining a proactive perspective, communicating frequently and thoroughly, and managing the expectations of all stakeholders. For this project, Harris will provide high-level strategic consulting in conjunction with its traditional engineering and construction knowledge.
Collaborating with District staff, Board of Directors, and the Customer Advisory Committee (CAC), the Harris team will contribute to 10 key tasks, which include asset inventories, water demand forecasting, construction cost estimating, shaping funding and implementation strategies, and conducting a system-wide pressure control analysis.