When Analyzing Municipal Water Data, We Must Look beyond Water

Data points influencing U.S. water sector investment begin with 49,000 drinking water systems and 16,000 wastewater treatment facilities. But when analyzing and forecasting the overall water market trajectory, it’s crucial that we consider not just water market data and trends, but also a host of ever-changing macroeconomic factors that will influence the sector. Below are… Continue reading When Analyzing Municipal Water Data, We Must Look beyond Water

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Gripped by Polarization, U.K. Water Sector Needs Stability

The recent proposal by the British Environment Secretary to raise the maximum cap on civil penalties for water pollution incidents—a 1,000-fold increase from £250,000 up to £250 million per violation—now adds to the list of forces influencing the U.K. water sector. The October 3rd proposal was released the same day that British regulatory authorities announced eleven water companies… Continue reading Gripped by Polarization, U.K. Water Sector Needs Stability

Policy Leadership Key to Water Reuse Development in Europe

Currently, more than 700 water reuse projects in Europe are garnering significant attention in the wake of drought and extremely high temperatures that swept across the continent during the summer of 2022. As if the global supply chains don’t already have enough challenges, a host of water-related disruptions are altering river transport, power generation, and agriculture output shining a… Continue reading Policy Leadership Key to Water Reuse Development in Europe

Where Next after Jackson? U.S. Cities Face Looming Water Crises

For the second time in as many years, Jackson, Mississippi’s 164,000 residents face a water crisis. In 2021, Mississippi residents were crippled by what we now call the Texas Winter Storm – some had no water access for up to a month. And just last week, politicians announced that the water treatment system is inoperable, and… Continue reading Where Next after Jackson? U.S. Cities Face Looming Water Crises

All Water is Local: Western U.S. Cities Proactively Approaching Climate Mitigation While Tackling Drought

You would have to be under a rock not to know that the Western United States is undergoing a period of historic drought. In fact, approximately 55% of the West is currently experiencing severe, extreme, or exceptional drought. Because of their unique water challenges, the Western U.S. has been a leader in water policies—whether it be reuse or conservation… Continue reading All Water is Local: Western U.S. Cities Proactively Approaching Climate Mitigation While Tackling Drought

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Supreme Court Ruling Sets Roadblock for Water Sector, Regulations

The writing is now on the wall. The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling (6-3 in West Virginia v. EPA on 30 June 2022) undercuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority in its ability to address the myriad of water challenges before us, including water quality, drought, and pollution. For decades, the executive-led agency has filled a leadership… Continue reading Supreme Court Ruling Sets Roadblock for Water Sector, Regulations

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Where Are the Emerging Market Opportunities for Digital Water?

When we talk about the digital transformation of the water industry, the focus often turns to advanced economies in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. And not without reason—countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia account for the lion’s share of companies, project implementations, M&A deals, and venture investments that Bluefield has… Continue reading Where Are the Emerging Market Opportunities for Digital Water?

Two Key Global Sectors—Energy and Transportation—are ‘Going Green’ but not without Water

Globally, the energy and transportation sectors are undergoing tectonic shifts, from scaling demand for intermittent renewable energy generation, to the emergence of electric vehicles. While the “greening” of these two critical infrastructure landscapes is not shocking, the underlying role of water in securing critical raw materials—lithium, nickel, cobalt, and copper—is news to many. Key to… Continue reading Two Key Global Sectors—Energy and Transportation—are ‘Going Green’ but not without Water

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To Flush or Not to Flush: Policymakers Take Fatbergs into Their Own Hands 

Fatbergs, which are sizable masses of solid waste in a sewer system, are not something people want to think about. However, fatbergs are becoming an increasing operational and financial challenge for water utilities exacerbated by the pandemic and by lack of awareness. Limited public awareness of what can go down our kitchen sinks and toilets has led… Continue reading To Flush or Not to Flush: Policymakers Take Fatbergs into Their Own Hands 

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Changing Consumer Behaviors to Impact Water Infrastructure Planning

Predicting Demographic Shifts Is Key to Understanding Water Infrastructure Needs and Priorities. When thinking about infrastructure planning, on a macro level, one doesn’t often consider the impact of the consumer—in this case, the water user. This is especially true when considering that four million miles of underground, or “hidden,” pipes connect our communities. But it’s… Continue reading Changing Consumer Behaviors to Impact Water Infrastructure Planning

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