The $127-billion U.S. water industry grows through the recession as rate increases sustain the municipal infrastructure but equipment sales decline in 2009 as capital spending budgets are impacted. Consulting & engineering firms mostly find water/wastewater markets remain stable, outpacing slump in some other practice areas. Global markets expect more growth in water but experts warn that a major funding gap still exists in the USA and other developed markets for water markets and service and technology vendors to reach their potential.
Exhibits and data included in this issue are a table of the U.S. environmental industry by media showing water/wastewater represents 40% of the $305 billion U.S. environmental industry revenues in 2009; Detail on the $127-billion U.S. water industry in 10 sub-segments with market size and growth from 2008-2010; wastewater service rate changes from 1994-2014, key water industry M&A transactions in 2010 and rankings of the top companies in Water Equipment & Chemicals and in Water/Wastewater Environmental Consulting & Engineering.
Table of Contents
01.Water Market Overview: Market figures and key trends in the $127-billion U.S. water industry highlight obstacles to private management, funding and financing challenges, some recent fall-off in M&A activity and opportunity in new technology and services.pg 1-5
02.Feature Articles: Wastewater biogas recovery emerges as a legitimate play as sustainability and carbon footprint focus turns on wastewater treatment facilities; Desalination keeps growing for large- and small-scale drinking water but rising cost profile in energy and environmental costs are obstacles to growth; Wet infrastructure projects increasingly demand integration and sustainability, says Allen Krause, President and COO of MWH; Q&A discussion with industry leaders from CH2M HILL, Black & Veatch and Haskell qualify how Design-Build has taken firmer hold as a project delivery vehicle.pg 6-15
03.Company Profiles: ThermoEnergy’s distillation technology takes hold in ammonia, BOD and metals recovery; Siemens Water Technologies’ broad suite of brands structures business around client sectors; United Water’s combination of services and acquisitions in contract operations sustain growth; and Aqua-Pure Ventures and Altela find technology application in the emerging field of production water treatment at shale gas fields.pg 15-21