Reclamation Promotes Public-Private Partnerships through Denver Water Infrastructure and Alternative Financing Forum

Media Contact: Dan DuBray, 202-513-0574, ddubray@usbr.gov

For Release: May 09, 2017

The Bureau of Reclamation today hosted a Water Infrastructure and Alternative Financing forum, bringing together public and private entities to discuss potential water resource projects for public-private partnerships (P3). The forum supports a Request for Information (RFI) to engage the private sector and explore opportunities for alternative finance and delivery models.

The Water Infrastructure and Alternative Financing Forum presented a representative portfolio of potential P3 projects identified by Reclamation. Alternative financing, such as non-federal and private investment in federal projects, is an important tool that Reclamation is exploring to meet its growing infrastructure demands in a timely, cost-effective manner.

The information contained in the responses to the RFI will help Reclamation steer planning and development efforts for these and other projects, and to develop cooperative alternative financing arrangements. Through the infusion of private capital and management, P3 can potentially boost efficiency in the provision of public infrastructure and services for Reclamation’s reserved works and those where operations and maintenance are transferred to other operators. The RFI is posted at www.fedbizopps.gov, number R17PS00874, and closes the end of May.

More information on Reclamation’s P3 initiative and video of the Water Infrastructure and Alternative Financing forum sessions can be found at www.usbr.gov/p3.

For additional information, please contact us at ReclamationP3@usbr.gov.

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