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Supply Chain Constraints Create Ripples in Global Water Industry 

The recovery of global markets from the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a desynchronization of supply and demand. While consumer and industrial demand has rebounded as economies reopen, suppliers have been unable to ramp back up in parallel, leading to price increases and shortages in labor, raw materials, and transportation. This imbalance has been exacerbated by recent climate events and other acute shocks to global supply chains.

Do Droughts Impact Household Water Rates? 

For the sixth consecutive year, Bluefield Research has embarked upon an analysis of the water and wastewater rates in the U.S. and the impacts on residential water and wastewater bills. Bluefield’s ...

Sustainability, Efficiency Drive Growth in Plant Optimization Solutions for Industrial Water 

Corporates and industrial players are increasingly including water management in their sustainability targets and strategies. This focus is creating new market opportunities for digital water & wastewater treatment plant optimization solutions that enable industrial plant operators to monitor, manage, and ultimately reduce consumption of key inputs (e.g., power, water, chemicals).

Private Equity-backed Central States Drives Water Utility Deal Count 

Since 2016, Central States Water Resources, a Missouri-based firm has rolled up more than 50,000 customer connections and an estimated 120,000 people served through its stream of acquisitions. The newly added systems are mostly small to very small-sized in Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Central States has topped private buyers in deal count from 2019 to 2021 (year-to-date).

Washington Continues to Battle over Needed Infrastructure Investment 

On 10 August 2021, the U.S. Senate passed a US$1.2 trillion infrastructure package, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The sweeping legislation outlines funding for water & wastewater infrastructure totaling US$55 billion and is now heading to the House of Representatives for approval. In its current state, the bill would be the largest investment in water & wastewater infrastructure in U.S. history.

Plant-Based Food Reinforced by Water Efficiency 

In 2020, plant-based food product sales grew by 27% compared to 2019, which propelled the market segment past US$7 billion in annual sales, according to the Good Food Institute. While this rapid growth in alternatives to meat, eggs, and dairy products gains momentum, the growth also points to improved water efficiencies in the food supply chain...

Up 43% over Last Decade, Water Rates Rising Faster than Other Household Utility Bills 

Boston, Massachusetts: New analysis shows water rate growth currently outpacing other household utility services (e.g., power, gas) at an average of 4.2% per year. As such, the combined water &am...

Is Net Water Positive just Hype? 

Water is on the corporate brain, big tech players (e.g., Microsoft, Facebook), food & beverage companies (e.g., PepsiCo), and oil & gas firms (e.g., BP), are committing to becoming “wat...

Has the Current Drought Pushed the U.S. to a Tipping Point? 

Federal officials have mandated the first-ever water cuts on the Colorado River system amidst a drought that is poised to devastate farms, power stations, and communities. Amazingly, the river sustain...