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Water Institute


The Water Institute (WI) of the NCPPP provides a forum for Council members with interests in the use of public-private partnership for the design, building, operation and/or maintenance of water and wastewater systems. The WI conducts seminars and workshops for public-sector officials on topics such as full cost accounting, best practices in the development of public-private partnerships and related subjects.

The Water Institute is guided by a Steering Committee composed of Sustaining Members of NCPPP, with oversight provided by the NCPPP Executive Committee, which includes both public and private sector representatives.

Mission Statement

The mission of the NCPPP Water Institute is to advocate and facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships for water/wastewater projects and services at the federal, state and local levels, where appropriate, and to raise the awareness of governments and businesses of the means by which their cooperation can cost effectively provide the public with quality goods, services and facilities. This includes the promotion of the use of innovative financing, design-build, operations and maintenance, performance contracting, innovative technologies and other public-private partnership tools, to encourage the broadest acceptance of the use of PPPs, through improvements to the legislative and regulatory framework involved in the development of water/wastewater projects and services.


Steering Committee:

  • Doug Herbst, Chair, MWH
  • Teno West, Vice Chair, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC
  • Mark Alpert, CH2M HILL
  • Eugene Anderson, United Water
  • Stuart Broom, Williams Mullen
  • Patrick Cairo, United Water
  • Ed Crooks, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Anthony Ferrari, Forum Equity Partners, Inc.
  • Bob Hebert, Fort Bend County
  • Hannah Huggins, W. Rogers Company
  • John Joyner, Infrastructure Management Group Inc.
  • Sharon Marsh, Infrastructure Management Group Inc
  • Susan Mays, CH2M HILL
  • Seth Miller Gabriel, Jacobs Engineering Group
  • Bradley Nowak, Williams Mullen
  • Warren Nowlin, Williams Mullen
  • Warren Rogers, W. Rogers Company
  • William Schwarz, Southwest Water Company
  • Craig Sorensen, Southwest Water
  • Steve Sorett, McKenna Long & Aldridge
  • Wes Strickland, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • Daniel Sugarman, United Water
  • Sandra Sullivan, Veolia Water
  • Bruce Tobey, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC
  • Tim Weston, K&L Gates
  • Thad Wilson, M3 Capital Partners

Case Studies


Testing Tradition: Assessing the Added Value of Public-Private Partnerships (2012)