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22 September 2016 / Keith Hays
Europe to Increase Water Infrastructure Spend 23% by 2025 for $526 Billion Total CAPEX


European utilities are planning to invest over $526 billion in water and wastewater infrastructure between 2016 and 2025, according to new forecasts from Bluefield Research.

A combination of drivers including utility market restructuring, water and wastewater directives, and improved efficiency have encouraged cities and public water utilities to resume the most aggressive investment programs Europe has seen since 2007. Bluefield anticipates annual water infrastructure investment to increase 23%, from $46 billion in 2015 to $57 billion in 2025.

Europe will focus its CAPEX investment in two key areas: wastewater and pipes – with 61% of spend allocated to improving wastewater infrastructure and the remaining 39% for water infrastructure. As much as US$256 billion will be dedicated to maintaining and expanding Europe’s 6.7 million kilometers of ageing and leaking pipe networks.

Europe’ highly fragmented municipal water market, with over 61,000 water and wastewater systems serving over 509 million people, has begun consolidating. Led by France, Italy, and the UK, the number of water and wastewater service providers dropped by 16% between 2008 and 2014. Bluefield expects this consolidation trend to continue – bringing much needed economies of scale and unlocking new funding for network improvements.

These findings are found in Bluefield’s new report: Europe Municipal Water Infrastructure: Utility Strategies and CAPEX Forecasts, 2016-2025. Bluefield Research provides data, analysis and insights on global water markets.

Keith Hays
VP & Managing Director

Keith Hays is a seasoned market insight professional with over 15 years’ experience in the telecom, energy, and water sectors as a management consultant and industry analyst. As the point-person for Bluefield’s custom research advisory services, Keith has provided strategic guidance to an impressive list of global companies, including infrastructure investors, technology suppliers, water & wastewater utilities, and equipment manufacturers. Prior to joining Bluefield, Keith built market insight services for Pyramid Research, Emerging Energy Research, and IHS in the US and Europe.

He frequently shares his perspectives as a panelist and moderator at global industry and corporate events. Keith has also been cited in The New York Times, ABC News and other major news outlets.

Keith received a BA from Columbia University in English Literature and Hispanic Culture and a Master of Business Administration from IESE Business School. He leads Bluefield Research’s team of water experts from Barcelona, Spain.




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