Overlapping objectives
Three concurrent studies identify synergies that enhance overall efficiency.

This graphic shows where Cape Fear Public Utility Authority's three initiatives intersect.

Point A. A three-way hit. When developing and weighing criteria for evaluating potential water resource improvements, the relative importance of serving growth and development through criteria such as capacity alignment need to be weighed against long-term system sustainability criteria like reducing risk to existing assets to complement the organization's strategic vision.

Both criteria got weights of nearly 60 on a 100-point scale. With a weight of 100, public health was the highest-weighted criterion — not an unusual outcome for utility prioritization efforts.

Point B. When developing the scale for how potential improvements would further community inputs/public acceptability, their contribution toward achieving a strategic goal such as quality of life connect the water resources plan to the strategic plan.

Graphic: CH2M Hill

Community inputs/public acceptance
Objective ranking scales make it possible to tie individual projects to a community's goals and objectives.

A. No support for the project

B. Isolated support

C. Project supports quality of life

D. Community strongly supports the project

E. Project supports quality of life AND has strong support

Graphic: CH2M Hill