Safe and Secure Water Program NSW:Balmoral Group Australia was contracted to develop a cost benefit analysis toolkit as part of the NSW State Governments Safe and Secure Water Program (SSWP), a $1 billion regional infrastructure co-funding program established in 2017. The SSWP will co-fund eligible water and sewerage projects that deliver economic growth in regional NSW through improvements to public health, water security, environmental outcomes and/or social benefits. For more information visit: https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/water/water-utilities/infrastructure-programs/safe-and-secure-water-program
Lachlan Valley Water Security (Cranky Rock Dam) - Balmoral Group has been awarded the Lachlan Valley Priority Catchment - Water Security Phase Two Investigation - Cost Benefit Analysis and Willingness to Pay study by Water NSW also known as the Cranky Rock Dam project. The Stage Two investigations will involve feasibility studies as well as a cost benefit analysis to more precisely calculate the water needs of the Lachlan region and identify how a new dam could best be used with other complementary options to meet these needs. Options to be explored include using new or existing infrastructure or changes to water delivery in conjunction with a dam to establish the most effective solution for water security. Potential social, economic and environmental impacts of storage and other complementary options will be considered. For further information please contact Grant Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Property Level Water Demand Modelling - St Johns River Water Management District - The objective of this project was to advance conservation of urban water use. The Balmoral Group was retained to produce a geodatabase that could be used by local utilities and the Water Management District to support property‐level analysis of conservation opportunities. In addition, scientists in the groundwater modelling department use the results in their analysis of groundwater recharge. Final results for the study included 6.6 million properties. Based on the load profiles assigned to each property, total public supply and domestic groundwater self‐supply consumption estimated for the Florida counties range from 5,273 to 7,794 million Litres per day, depending on climatic conditions.
Cost Benefit Analysis tool - Sydney Catchment Authority - The Sydney Catchment Authority allocated funds to local councils for a variety of projects under the Priority Pollutants Infrastructure Grants Program. The goal of the program was to reduce nutrient, pathogen, and sediment discharge to Sydney’s waterways. To assess the value of non‐market benefits of proposed works in a consistent and efficient manner, SCA needed a tool that would be an easy guide for evaluating projects. To assist councils in the process of identifying relevant benefits and costs to sewage and storm water infrastructure projects, Balmoral Group Australia developed a tool which analysed these benefits and costs in terms of both present and future values. The final products included easy‐to‐use Excel workbooks that considered all appropriate costs and benefits (including water quality and environmental benefits), with user-friendly explanations and examples to allow rapid adoption of the newly standardised prioritisation process.
Development of an Integrated Water Resource Protection Plan - Tampa Bay Water - Tampa Bay Water invested in a plan to protect public drinking water sources including groundwater, surface water, and desalination water. Balmoral Group rigorously analysed catchment management strategies for return on investment, costs/benefits, political feasibility, logistics, and other constraints.. Choice‐modelling of key stakeholders and econometric techniques guided prioritisation of protection strategies. A research‐driven report provided valuable guidance for the authority’s twenty year plan for prioritising decisions for source water protection.
Street Sweeping Program Optimisation Study - Orange County - This study evaluated the optimal allocation of resources for street sweeping of more than 5,000 Central Florida streets, with an objective of identifying the optimal combination of frequency, equipment, and sediment targets to maximize nutrient reduction. The Balmoral Group created an index using tree canopy data, impervious runoff coefficients, development density, land use type, and impaired water body information to identify relative nutrient loadings for each segment. Optimal cost allocation was compared to current resource allocation by street segment, and recommendations made to reallocate about 20% of funds to improve pollutant reduction by 90 tons/ year with no additional budgetary outlay. The 90 Tons of Nitrogen kept out of local waterways represents about $18 million in avoided clean-up costs.
Capital Needs Assessment - Orange County - This study evaluated the optimal allocation of resources for over 1,000 storm water management projects in Orange County, Florida. Presented with a backlog of approved projects, County administration faced the daunting task of prioritising capital projects that were documented by different engineers using different design specs, approaches, and cost estimating methods. To prioritise projects, Balmoral Group considered all relevant factors including engineering aspects of flooding, erosion control, water quality issues, demographics, cost, and topographic features. The prioritisation methodology revealed how best to allocate project workload on an ongoing basis. The Balmoral Group combined econometric modelling with GIS analysis to prepare a consistent and realistic prioritisation methodology. The innovative approach was constructed to allow for flexibility in project completion and can adapt to changing project importance.