With increasingly stringent environmental regulations to meet, and with additional financial burdens on taxpayers, Ontario municipalities are recognizing the importance of managing their solid waste, water supply, and wastewater infrastructure (such as landfills, lagoons, sewers, water mains, and water/wastewater treatment plants) as assets that require ongoing investment to sustain their efficient operation.
Infrastructure master plans and environmental assessments must be implemented in a way that addresses the integration of principles of sustainability, technical, social, and economic criteria, including the ability of each municipality to finance and operate each piece of infrastructure. Implementation strategies are necessary that reflect the appropriate level of technology for the size, economy, and geography of each municipality.
RVA works with municipalities of all sizes to develop implementation plans and strategies that meet their social and economic needs, strategies that address aging infrastructure, public demands for a high level of service and accountability, more stringent regulations, and limited financial resources. Our approach includes working hand in hand with a municipality providing expert policy development, management, and technical assistance on a retainer basis.
RVA assists municipalities with long-term strategic planning, policies and programs, as well as short-term planning for capital projects. “Outside the box” thinking is applied to identify alternative technologies, service delivery mechanisms, and implementation strategies that optimize the municipality’s long-term economic and social imperatives.