The Gateway of the Americas project is looking for someone to run its sewer and water treatment plants, whose construction is expected to be completed by Sept. 1.
A number of entities are under consideration for the task, including the Imperial Irrigation District, the cities of El Centro and Calexico and the community of Heber, as well as private entities and the county itself.
To create such a setup, a county services area and its associated costs must be established among the Gateway landowners.
County Executive Officer Ann Capela, with whom the landowners are meeting weekly on the issue, said the discussions are going well and the price to set up and run the CSA begins at about $360,000.
"Initial costs are going to be highest," she said Wednesday. "We're doing a bottom-up start-up operation."
Capela said IID officials are considering the issue but would like to find out what the other entities say.