Capital Improvements Financing and Planning After a Natural Disaster

by Kathleen M. Chavez, Pima County Wastewater, United States,
Michael R. Gearlds, Pima County Wastewater, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The Pima County Wastewater Department (PCWWMD) provides collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater in metropolitan Tucson, Arizona, and various outlying areas. In October 1983, severe flooding caused $7 million in damages and collateral costs to PCWWMD wastewater treatment facilities and the sewerage system, and brought about facility overloads and disruption of service. Faced with large unexpected expenditures, an array of funding options - some new, others already in-place - was used to avert a crisis. While some federal and state money aided in repairs, most of the funding was developed locally. The flood also had a profound impact on capital improvements planning, with many projects added, deleted, modified or rescheduled because of flood damage. This paper examines the flood event, details how recovery funding was achieved, and what changes were made to facility and financial planning.

Subject Headings: Financing | Asset management | Natural disasters | Floods | Water treatment plants | Wastewater treatment | Wastewater treatment plants | Sewers | Arizona | United States

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