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Digital Water: Key Trends, Project Activity, and Market Outlook, Q1 2023 

2022 was a year of ups and downs for the global digital water market. The onset of the Russia-Ukraine war, persistent inflationary pressures, and lingering supply chain challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic made investors skittish, curtailing strategic and financial investment in the digital water startup ecosystem.

Amazon Expands Sidewalk, Water Products 

Amazon’s water business took another potentially significant step this past month by opening its Sidewalk platform to third-party developers. Amazon is also rolling out software and hardware developer tool kits, in parallel, to enable integration of Sidewalk radios and APIs into existing products.

Water for Semiconductors: Market Trends and Forecasts, 2023–2030 

In the wake of global supply chain bottlenecks, semiconductor manufacturers are accelerating production to meet chip quotas. The US$573 billion semiconductor industry is expected to exceed US$1 trillion by 2030, primarily driven by soaring demand from the consumer electronics and automotive sectors. In the rapid expansion of the semiconductor industry, water requirements and expenditures are particularly relevant since a fabrication plant uses millions of gallons of water per day. For water solutions providers, opportunity is present on the treatment side, as ultrapure water is a required input.

U.S. Desalination: Market Drivers, Trends, and Project Activity 

Climate change, population growth, and industrialization are increasingly straining global water supplies. At the same time, baseload demand for water is rising. Advanced water treatment options such as desalination continue to be considered as a key alternative water solution, both municipally and industrially.

Finding the Fit: Water Utilities Adjust to Ongoing Challenges 

A mainstay in our annual event schedule, Bluefield Research keenly participated in the AWWA’s Utility Management Conference in Sacramento, California, this past 28–30 March. Well attende...

What’s behind NextEra Water’s Retreat? 

Just one year after establishing a foothold in the water and wastewater utility sector, NextEra’s leadership team has pulled the plug on its brief venture into water. On 28 March 2023, NextEra Water filed a notice of intent to determine the fair market value of its Texas water and wastewater systems. In doing so, it is proposing to divest the 4,008 connections to rival SouthWest Water Company.

Water Opportunity Rises from Coal Ash 

On 8 March 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal to strengthen standards on wastewater discharges from coal-fired power plants in the U.S. The EPA’s proposed rule establishes more stringent limits for three types of toxic wastewater generated at coal-fired power plants: flue gas desulfurization wastewater, bottom ash transport water, and coal combustion residual leachate.

Sea Lab with Dr. Spencer Taintor 

Dr. Spencer Taintor, Head of School for St. Mark’s Episcopal School and Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, fills us in on Sea Lab and the awesome programming it provides, as well as an inspirational...

EU Regulators Ramp Up PFAS Action for Drinking Water, Biosolids 

Bluefield’s water experts discuss the European Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) recent launch of a six-month evaluation to review a proposal for restricting the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl sub...