Master Planning

Managing water utility and municipal systems has become increasingly complex, as aging infrastructure, affordability, climate change, and stakeholder engagement issues strain limited resources. Harris & Associates helps utilities develop robust, practical plans to meet their goals.

Successful master planning involves an integrated, collaborative approach to the technical, economic, and social frameworks that underpin the intricate systems involved in delivering water service. Harris has both the vision and expertise to translate these complex equations into actionable scenarios to best serve your agency’s needs and meet public demand.

Water Master Plans Ready for Action  

Along with our technical engineering with financial acumen, Harris develops comprehensive water master plans that benefit from our:  

  • Knowledge of utility governance and organization,
  • Experience with utility financial planning,
  • Familiarity with key utility stakeholders,
  • Deep knowledge of water systems, and
  • Commitment to generating multiple benefits from limited resources, including the One Water approach.

Integrated Master Planning

We take great care to ensure our master planning processes account for all facets of One Water, including water resources, potable water, stormwater, wastewater, and reclaimed water.

At the heart of our process: providing data-driven scenarios for decision-making. Harris and its strategic partners have extensive experience extracting, collecting, and analyzing the requisite GIS, land use, and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) data needed to help agencies make informed decisions about how best to improve their systems.


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  • Utility System Planning

    Utility System Planning

    As part of our system planning, Harris provides comprehensive demand projections, hydraulic modeling, operations review, regulatory assessments, capital program development and prioritization, and CIP implementation plans—including staffing/resources assessments.

  • Financial Plan Development

    Financial Plan Development

    Agencies need a clear path forward when paying for significant systems improvements. Harris helps agencies perform scenario analysis to determine the financial and rate impacts of capital program implementations, financial policy assessments, and affordability and bill impacts. We ensure strict alignment with your strategic plan and business planning processes.

  • Stakeholder Engagement

    Stakeholder Engagement

    Complex master plans often face intense public scrutiny. Harris provides exceptional leadership in managing all stakeholder groups to build support and advocate for the proposed master plan. Part of our formula for success is rolling up our sleeves to manage and participate in meetings with decision makers.

  • Data Analytics

    Data Analytics

    Given the complexity of the interrelated systems involved, leveraging accurate, real-time data from the Internet of Things (IoT) is vital to a comprehensive master plan. Our team and strategic partners have the experts to extract, collect, analyze, and report the data needed to support the master planning process.