Case Study

Water Authority seeks to quantify economic impact of water infrastructure investment


The San Diego County Water Authority, a quasi-public entity responsible for the region’s water resource planning, makes regular investments in the region’s water infrastructure.

With the general public’s limited understanding and knowledge of the Water Authority’s role, the Water Authority commissioned a report to help the public gain insight into the importance of water resource planning and investments in water infrastructure.



The Water Authority wanted to enhance its visibility and increase public awareness regarding the importance and economic impact of regular water infrastructure investments.

EDC Solution

EDC’s research team conducted an in-depth economic impact assessment of both capital and operational expenditures to create and maintain water infrastructure in the region. Additionally, a separate analysis determining the region’s most water-dependent industries – those most likely to be significantly impacted in the event of a major disruption to water service – was conducted as a way to also demonstrate the importance of regular, reliable water service to the region’s innovation economy.


The Water Authority leveraged the study throughout the course of their 2018 “Brought to You by Water” campaign. EDC will continue to work alongside the Water Authority to publicize the study and monitor outcomes.

About the Water Authority

The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $220 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers a safe and reliable wholesale water supply at an affordable cost to 24 retail water agencies, including cities, special districts and a military base.

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