Santa Clara’s P3 decision is just the beginning

The decision to pursue a P3 delivery method for a major reuse project in California puts an end to 18 months of market uncertainty. The client still needs to resolve a host of other issues before it can move forward with the project.

This month’s historic decision by the Santa Clara Valley Water District to go down the P3 route for a $600 million wastewater reuse project finally removed the uncertainty around a procurement process which had drawn considerable flak from the industry.

Having shortlisted separate consortia for either a progressive design-build approach or a privately financed P3, the District then seemed...

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