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 capital programs to meet your goals.


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

Integrated Master Planning

The heart of our process is providing data-driven scenarios for decision-making. Harris has extensive experience preparing the various analyses required to help agencies make informed decisions about how best to improve their systems.

  • Demand analysis from population, demographics, land use, production and billing records, SCADA/Telemetry, meteorological data, and policy data
  • System capacity analysis and hydraulic modeling
  • System performance analysis and condition assessment
  • Capital program development, unit costing, and project prioritization

Water Master Plans Ready for Action

Along with our deep water system engineering expertise, we have extensive in-house environmental compliance and financial planning capabilities to streamline the adoption of your water master plan and get projects funded so work can begin.

Our Environmental Planning + Compliance team has decades of experience helping agencies evaluate and meet their CEQA documentation and public input requirements to adopt their water master plans. Our Utility Funding team will partner with your agency to determine the most appropriate funding sources for your capital building program that fit within your agency’s financial policies.

 

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Harris & Associates is a proud charter member of the Envision® sustainable infrastructure rating system. This system provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental, and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects.

 

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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.

  • 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.