The City of Indianapolis was facing a sewer user rate hike of nearly 38 percent. Both the treatment facilities as well as the sewer collection system had significant unfunded infrastructure needs.
Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting principal Skip Stitt, then the City’s Director of Enterprise Development, used a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process to develop a wastewater treatment partnership that would save money, improve environmental compliance and address the needs of City employees.
The winning proposal was from a partnership that included a global services provider, the region’s existing private water provider, and a number of local minority and women-owned businesses. The project was a significant environmental success and generated cost savings of about $12 million per year.