Legal Issues Presented by the Regionalization of a Water System

by Bennett W. Raley, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy, District and Municipal Subdistrict, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Infrastructure: Needs, Economics, and Financing


The joint development of a water supply and related infrastructure ('regionalization') by independent municipal and private entities presents legal and institutional issues which must be addressed in the planning stage of the project. These issues include 1) the suitability or adequacy of water supplies which are to be included within the scope of the project, 2) the legal requirements which must be met by suppliers of raw or treated water in the future, 3) the legal authority of the participating entities to enter into a binding commitment with each other or with a new entity, 4) the legal and financial capacity of the entities to participate in financing alternatives, 5) the effect of alternative institutional arrangements on the participating entities, and 6) the impact of federal and state environmental laws on the implementation of a particular alternative.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Legal affairs | Project management | Water quality | Water policy | Water supply | Water supply systems | Joints | Colorado | United States

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