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Thank you for your contest submission! The Judges felt that this proposal was extremely innovative, interesting, and worth further investigation. We hope to see your pilot projects in Boston succeed and other cities across the world use your work as a springboard for an excellent water-energy nexus innovation.
Thanks for yours (and CRWA's) novel and interesting proposal. Our judges have advanced the proposal to the next semi-final stage and have provided some constructive feedback for you to improve it for the next stage:
1. Technical Feasibility:
Conventional wisdom has tended to favor large scale infrastructure options presumably because of their lower costs. It is quite possible that the innovative design can reverse this conventional wisdom, but this is not obvious from the details provided in the proposal (a figure of $50 million is mentioned but more details will be needed to make effective comparisons). Second, there is a question whether smaller scale operations require a larger and more sophisticated managerial work force (which might well raise unit costs).
2. Clarification of CRWA's role: Could you share more on CRWA's role in performing technical analysis of feasibility, and details of implementing a pilot project,and coordinating jurisdictional issues with various water departments cost? Could you also expand on various barriers that exists in implementing such systems and the short-term and long-term challenges. Currently the proposal does not discuss any of the possible hurdles to adoption of these solutions.
3. Financing and Economics: Could you provide more details about the financing of the distributed water and energy centers? How sensitive are the financial feasibility analyses to the prices of reusable water, bioenergy prices and reclaimed phosphorus prices. Secondly, are there any studies done of financing using new municipal bonds or refinancing of existing Deer Island debt operations?
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