How Are Water Utilities Prioritizing Infrastructure Spend and Outsourcing Strategies?

19 Sep 2023  |  Episode #78

Taking a different approach on this episode, Reese Tisdale flies solo and shares some perspectives from recent analysis presented to clients by Bluefield Research’s team of water experts. Three areas of discussion in this episode:

  1. Utility Capital Improvement Plans: Bluefield’s team of water experts has dedicated significant time and resources to supporting companies with bottom-up data collection and analysis of the capital improvement plans (CIPs) of 763 large and mid-sized water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities across the U.S. and Canada.
  2. Third Party O&M: Private participation in water & wastewater takes many forms, from system ownership and concessions to third-party operations & maintenance (O&M) contracts. Enabled by lower barriers to entry across a fragmented addressable market, third-party O&M providers represent the bulk of private participation in the U.S.
  3. Oldcastle Cements Digital Water Strategy via Partnerships and M&A: On 1 August 2023, Oldcastle Infrastructure and FIDO Tech announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the U.S. market entry of FIDO’s artificial intelligence (AI)- powered leak detection software. This partnership is the latest in a series of recent maneuvers by Oldcastle to gain a foothold in the digital water solutions market.

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