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29 January 2018 /
What are you going to do when your government says, “Sorry folks, we are out of water.”?

Drought-stricken, Cape Town residents have been mandated to use no more than 13.2 gallons, or 50 litres, of water per day, beginning 1 February 2018, on the way to “Day Zero”. Without rainfall, on 12 April 2018 the suburban water taps will be shut off and the city of almost half a million residents will be directed to 200 municipal points of distribution. The acuteness of the situation is further highlighted by the fact that “Day Zero” has already been moved forward from 21 April. In the case of Cape Town, and increasingly across global cities, who’s problem is it, really? (See answer below).

Bluefield Research has been analyzing water scarcity from the beginning. One of the first pieces of analysis ever written by Bluefield Research, back in 2013, addressed alternative supply options for water in South Africa. “…On 3 July 2013, the South Africa DWA re-emphasized its strategy to scale national water conservation and management practices, including desalination and reuse.” Our team of analysts have subsequently followed up with various insights into the country’s water management strategies, including successes and failures.

Solutions have existed for years, but in the absence of infrastructure investment on new and aging systems, whether it be in sub-Saharan Africa or Birmingham, Alabama, reliant populations are unfairly suffering because of inaction. Rather than throw up roadblocks to ward off public-private partnerships, wastewater reuse, desalination, smart water projects, and conservation, municipal leaders need to quickly scale the learning curve. Now is the time to learn how more innovative utilities and technology vendors are driving efficiency and resiliency in water. Since its founding, Bluefield has been helping suppliers, utilities, and investors across the industry value chain shape their water sector strategies in a rapidly changing landscape.

No country– developed, or not– is exempt from the growing impacts of climate change, including drought, extreme weather events (i.e. hurricanes), and related stress on water infrastructure. Look no further than Sao Paulo or Puerto Rico. In regards to Cape Town, a WaterWorld article recently added, “simply put: water demand has outpaced supply”.

The concern is almost universal. I was just reviewing the just released World Economic Forum’s The Global Risks Report 2018. Water supply and water crises, for the seventh year running, have landed in the Top 5 Global Risks in Terms of Impact. My takeaway: there is no need to read the tea leaves, the problem is evident – but where are the solutions?

World Economic Forum Global Water Risks and U.S. Disaster Trends

Source: The Global Risks Report 2018

As we move forward into 2018, Bluefield Research will be addressing a myriad of factors influencing water and wastewater sector investments for municipalities and industrial firms, globally. Our insights will continue to focus on long-term solutions to confront the increasing pressure on water and wastewater infrastructure.

Our team of water experts will also be tracking and mapping the landscape for emergency water management. No one cares how a five-year capital improvement plan budget reads, when city populations are out of water, or drinking lead. Different technology applications, business models, and funding sources are necessary to address these acute crises.

Answer: More than 1/3 of the world’s rapidly growing population will be forced to live without adequate water supply in 2025, which is only 7 years from now. The problem affects us all, and we need to address this global crisis now, before it really is too late.

Bluefield water experts offer valuable insights on emerging trends, market disruptors and signposts to watch around the world. Register to receive email updates on the latest water market trends.

Gabriel Altieri
Research Analyst
Gabriel Altieri is a Research Analyst in Bluefield’s Boston office, where he is focused on capital investment forecasts in municipal water and wastewater.  Prior to joining Bluefield, Gabriel worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Redlands focusing on the Ecological Impact and Regrowth Strategies of Forests from wildfire disturbances in the San Bernardino National Forest. He also has experience with GEI Consultants Inc. and Henkel Corporation.
He is a graduate of the University of Redlands with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental Science and a minor in GIS and Spatial Studies, as well as a Candidate for a Bachelors of Arts in Economics.
Maya Aglialoro
Research Analyst

Maya Aglialoro is Research Analyst in Bluefield’s Boston office, where she is focused on municipal water & wastewater and global desalination markets. Prior joining Bluefield, Maya worked at Boyer Sudduth Environmental Consultants in Boston and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

She is a candidate for a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geoscience from Boston College.

Anna Cullen
Research Analyst

Anna Cullen is Research Analyst in Bluefield’s Boston office, where she is focused on State Revolving Funds and their applications toward municipal drinking water infrastructure. Prior joining Bluefield, Anna worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environmental Enforcement Section. She also has experience with Fog Pharma and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

She is a candidate for Bachelor of Science Chemistry, with minors in Environmental Science and Mathematics.

Nina Aya Rossiter
Research Analyst

Nina Rossiter is Research Analyst in Bluefield’s Boston office, where she is focused on municipal water & wastewater rates and global markets. Prior joining Bluefield, Nina worked at Brown Bothers Harriman in Boston and CitizenBlue in Sydney, Australia.

She is a candidate for a dual degrees in Environmental Studies and International Affairs from Northeastern University. Nina speaks Japanese and Mandarin.

Eugenia Acosta
Applied Research Consultant

Eugenia Acosta is an Environmental Engineer focused on Bluefield’s digital water research projects, globally. Prior to her time at Bluefield, Eugenia has worked for the robotics, mining, and transportation industries and in the the public sector on environmental management projects.

Eugenia completed her bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo and Ecole Centrale Paris. She also holds a master’s degree in Water Technology and Management from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Mariel Marchand

Mariel Marchand is an analyst in Bluefield’s Boston office where she works primarily with municipal water & wastewater Insight Service clients. More specifically, her research activities focus on investor owned utilities, O&M service providers, and distribution & collection networks. Prior to joining Bluefield, Mariel worked for the Department of Energy Resources as part of the Renewable Energy team and also as an analyst for Bluefield Research during her time in graduate school.

Mariel received her BA in Political Science and a Master in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

Nathan Goldstein is an analyst in Bluefield’s Boston office, where he is focused on industrial markets, trends and forecasts. Prior to joining Bluefield, Nathan worked at the Carbon Disclosure Project and the United States Geological Survey. Nathan holds dual bachelor’s degrees from Eckerd College and a Master of Science from King’s College London.

Greg Goodwin
Applied Research Consultant

Greg Goodwin is an Applied Research Consultant with several years of experience across the clean technology, industrial operations, and asset-based industries. He most recently worked at LNS Research covering enterprise software developments and implementation strategies across environment, health & safety, manufacturing operations management, and asset performance management research practices. Greg holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Eric Bindler
Research Director

Eric Bindler is the Research Director of Digital Water at Bluefield Research. His areas of expertise include digital water hardware and software, water and wastewater network infrastructure, water finance and investment, and the U.S. municipal utility sector. He also leads the SWAN Americas Alliance’s Research Group.

Eric holds an MA in Global Development Policy from Boston University, as well as an MA in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University, and a BA in Music and Anthropology from Rollins College. During his time at Boston University, Eric worked at the Public Works Department in Needham, Massachusetts, consulted on a project for UN Environment’s Climate Change Sub-programme, and served as an author and contributor to Boston University’s 2017 Climate Action Plan Report. He is also a former adjunct professor of anthropology at Rollins College.

Erin Bonney Casey
Research Director

Erin Bonney Casey leads Bluefield’s U.S. municipal water practice and has demonstrated experience across a range of sectors, technology applications and pressing industry topics, including wastewater management, water reuse– municipal & industrial– desalination, the cost of water, and infrastructure policy & investment. She has also proven to be valuable resource to the broader industry through conference presentations and board room discussions. Erin has been referenced extensively in trade publications and in major media outlets.

Erin is on the WateReuse Foundation’s Project Advisory Committee on Current Use and Trends of Reuse in the Hydraulic Fracturing Industry. Prior to joining Bluefield, Erin worked at Brown Brothers Harriman as a Business Analyst and has international experience with Grameen Research, where she focused on Latin American economies, and tax laws. Erin has a BA from Bates College and a Masters from Oxford University in Water Science Policy & Management.

Steph Aldock
Marketing Director

Steph Aldock has extensive background leading B2B marketing for market research and insight firms. She has over 15 years of experience driving go-to-market strategy across the water, energy, chemical, and technology industries.

Prior to Bluefield, Steph served as Product Marketing Director at IHS, leading their platform strategy across industry verticals. Before that, she lead all marketing for Emerging Energy Research, in the renewable energy space. She also worked in Communications and Policy for the Edison Electric Institute in Washington, DC. Steph has a BA in History and Political Science from Macalester College and a Masters in Communications from Johns Hopkins University.

Bill Ambrose is a principal at Stone Silo LLC, an investment and advisory firm specializing in Industry Research and Analysis. He has founded two industry analysis start-ups– Emerging Energy Research, specializing in renewable energy and Pyramid Research, specializing in emerging market telecoms– and has successfully managed their growth to valuation events. Mr. Ambrose received an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York with a concentration in international business, strategy, and industry analysis. He holds a BA in economics and intercultural studies (Africa specialization) from Trinity College, Hartford CT.

Keith Hays
VP & Managing Director

Keith Hays is a seasoned market insight professional with over 15 years’ experience in the telecom and energy sectors as a management consultant and industry analyst. Prior to joining Bluefield, Keith built market insight services for Pyramid Research, Emerging Energy Research, and IHS in the US and Europe, providing strategy guidance to infrastructure investors, global energy companies, utilities, and equipment manufacturers.

Mr. Hays holds a BA from Columbia University in English Literature and Hispanic Culture, and an MBA from IESE Business School. He leads Bluefield Research’s team of water experts in Barcelona, Spain.

F. Reese Tisdale
President & CEO

Reese Tisdale has an extensive background in industry research, strategic advisory, and environmental consulting in the power and energy industries. Prior to co-founding Bluefield, Mr. Tisdale was Research Director for IHS Emerging Energy Research, a leading research and advisory firm focused on renewable energy. He also has demonstrated experience in groundwater remediation for oil & gas companies and as an international market analyst for Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Mr. Tisdale’s interest in critical infrastructure needs and developing markets is influenced by his three years in El Salvador, where he led water supply and agriculture projects immediately following the country’s civil war. He has a BS in Natural Resources from The University of the South, Sewanee and a Master in Business Administration from Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of International Management.

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