Reese Tisdale is joined by Bluefield Senior Analyst Charlie Suse to discuss recent research on Investor-Owned Utilities in water. Reese and Charlie spell out Bluefield’s definition of “Private Water”, followed by a dive into the market outlook, including: Utility M&A trends, what companies are paying for water systems, the influential players in the private water… Continue reading What’s the State of Private Participation in Water?
The eight Japanese trading companies, also known as “sogo shosha”, are Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui Corporation, Hitachi Corporation, Itochu Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, Toyota Tsusho, and Sojitz Corporation. Together these firms reported nearly US$600 billion in assets under management in 2023. These companies are global, with positions in key markets geographically, and are a unique… Continue reading The Role of 8 Japanese Trading Houses in Water
Badger Meter, a leading manufacturer of water metering products, has recently acquired the Telog brand of RTUs (remote telemetry units) and associated monitoring software from Trimble. Podcast host and Bluefield President Reese Tisdale, sits down with Bluefield’s Senior Research Director Eric Bindler, to shed some light on the transaction, what this signals to the water… Continue reading Badger Meter, Trimble Change Lanes in Digital Water
In this first episode of 2024, podcast host Reese Tisdale chats with two members of Bluefield’s Europe team, Chloé Meyer and Keith Hays, to get their on-the-ground perspectives of key water sector trends in the EU. From water quality to reuse to circular economy, Bluefield’s water experts discuss what, if any, the implications are for… Continue reading Looking into 2024: Key Water Trends to Watch in the EU
In this episode, Bluefield water experts discuss key themes in industrial water from this past quarter. Podcast Host Reese Tisdale, sits down with Bluefield Senior Analyst Amber Walsh, to discuss their findings. 3 major takeaways below: If you enjoy listening to The Future of Water Podcast, please tell a friend or colleague, and if you… Continue reading Latest Trends in Industrial Water Management
The Future of Water Podcast host, Reese Tisdale, and Senior Water Analyst Charlie Suse, discuss findings and takeaways from Bluefield’s Water & Sewer Rate Index, published earlier this month. Over the past 12 years, combined household water and sewer bills for a typical U.S. household has increased by a total of 54.8%, or an average… Continue reading From City to City, Why Are Water Utility Rates So Variable?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported that employment of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators is projected to decline 6% from 2022 to 2032. This news shines the spotlight on a critical infrastructure sector that faces mounting challenges, from aging infrastructure assets to emerging contaminants (i.e., PFAS). As water and… Continue reading What’s Behind the Decline in the Water Utility Workforce?
Two Montreal-based firms have been recently taken private. On 2 October 2023, Ember Infrastructure announced it would acquire H2O Innovation Inc., a Canadian water solutions provider. A few weeks later, LOGISTEC entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firm Blue Wolf Capital Partners and infrastructure investment firm Stonepeak. The LOGISTEC acquisition,… Continue reading Are Take-Private Water Deals on the Rise?
What is saltwater intrusion and how common is it? The city of New Orleans has been faced with a national emergency as a saltwater wedge had been expected to reach the area impacting the drinking water supply of 1.2 million people. If contaminated, it could be weeks or months before freshwater returns, unless there is… Continue reading Saltwater Intrusion In Drinking Water Is More Common Than You May Realize. What Are the Mitigation Options?
In today’s episode, Reese Tisdale and Senior Municipal Water Analyst Isabel Kezman provide a financial overview of the U.S. water industry discussing the markets, challenges, and regional differences. Isabel breaks down regional footprints of key federal, state, and private funding sources for the water sector. This episode highlights examples of innovative utility funding and financing… Continue reading What Are the Financial Opportunities and Challenges Facing Water Utilities?