The rippling effects of pandemic-related supply chain disruptions continue to drive up material prices, with the overall U.S. inflation growth rate up to 7.5% as of January 2022, up from 1.4% last January. For the water sector, iron and steel and plastic pipes have undergone +82.0% increases from December of 2020, with these material price increases driving utilities to decrease planned spending.
This quarterly review highlights key trends in policy, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), project development, and strategic shifts impacting municipal water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure investment in the U.S. and Canada. Bluefield’s team of water experts tracks changes in business strategies, technology adoptions, infrastructure investments, and policies to measure the implications for market outlooks and forecasts.
In the Quarterly Review:
- Bluefield takeaways
- Policy and funding landscape
- Recent events
- Supply chain disruptions
- Water infrastructure market indicators
- Corporate M&A activity