What’s the State of Private Participation in Water?

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 Role of 8 Japanese Trading Houses 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

What’s Behind the Decline in the Water Utility Workforce?

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?

Saltwater Intrusion In Drinking Water Is More Common Than You May Realize. What Are the Mitigation Options?

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?

What Are the Financial Opportunities and Challenges Facing Water Utilities?

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?