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Smart water project announcements in the first half of 2017 were driven by utility responses to water scarcity, complying with local market regulations, and vendor M&A. These deals reflect shifting opportunities to capture value, evident across the municipal water value chain.
The U.S. (66 projects) and U.K. (14) were the most active smart water markets during the first six months of 2017, followed regionally by the Asia Pacific (14), and the Middle East (9).
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- U.S. smart meter rollout announcements continue to lead the global market, in volume of projects.
- Ofwat’s strong regulatory presence drives innovation in the U.K., yeilding mixed results across regional monopolies.
- A new benchmark set in smart water M&A, as private equity EQT completes its’ smart water portfolio with Innovyze.