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The Water Sector’s Carbon Footprint: Evaluating Utility Roles in Municipal Climate Action Plans 

U.S. cities are largely left to take initiative to address climate change, adopting localized approaches and reporting their respective emissions, including from water & wastewater utilities. In contrast to Europe, where more wide-sweeping, transnational guidance and directives have been adopted, municipalities in the U.S. have demonstrated a mixed bag in terms of goals: carbon neutrality, net zero, and benchmarked targets.
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Charlie Suse 

Charlie is a Research Associate currently focused on supporting Bluefield’s analysis of private participation in water. He has a background in geospatial analysis, communications, and sustainable d...

EPA Issues PFAS Guidance for Drinking Water 

On 15 June 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released new drinking water lifetime health advisory levels (HALs) for four PFAS compounds. This represents a next step toward implementing awaited federal maximum contaminant levels.

Global Desalination: Market Trends, Ownership Rankings, and Forecast, 2022–2028 

Climate shifts are putting additional stress on existing water supplies in select markets like Australia, the western U.S. and Latin America. At the same time, baseload demand for water in the Middle East rises with population and industrial requirements. Ongoing pressure on water supplies will continue to foster new seawater desalination and private sector investment in key markets.

Acquisitions, Investments Signal Opportunity in Nascent North American Water Proptech Market 

A string of recent M&A deals and venture capital investments highlight growing interest in the application of digital water technologies to the commercial real estate sector. Part of the nascent “proptech” (property technology) market, smart building water management solutions enable stakeholders to monitor water consumption and prevent leaks in commercial and multifamily residential buildings, such as offices, retail centers, and high-rise apartments.
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Eric Youth 

Eric Youth is a Research Associate focused on supporting Bluefield’s U.S. & Canada Municipal Insight Service clients. Before joining Bluefield, he worked as a research assistant in Dartmouth Col...

Top Companies in Water: Financial Signals and Market Trends, Q2 2022 

Q2 analysis of the top publicly traded water companies shows leading players juggling supply and demand issues that are being influenced by global supply chain constraints such as energy prices, China lockdowns, and workforce shortages.

Build America, Buy America: What Does It Mean for the Water Sector? 

Bluefield’s Reese Tisdale, Eric Bindler, and Greg Goodwin discuss the Build America, Buy America Act and its implications for the water sector in the U.S. While designed to create an opportunit...

The Water Opportunity Presented by Climate Change with Dr. Stephanie Smith 

Dr. Stephanie Smith, Product Segment Manager for Xylem’s Laboratory Solutions for North America, presents a great opportunity for water in solving the climate crisis. Stephanie explores practical me...

Water M&A: Trends and Deal Flow, Q2 2022 

Global water M&A have fallen off the feverish pace of the prior year, during which Bluefield recorded a combined 508 transactions. To date this year, Bluefield has recorded 114 transactions. Underlying this more tempered market are the myriad global factors, including recession concerns, inflation impacts on supply chain, energy market volatility, and rising labor rates. While these economic inputs weigh heavily on the broader investment landscape, the water sector continues to garner more investor and strategic interests.