It seems daily there is a story about how the nation needs to invest in infrastructure. Like roads, bridges, and air- ports, our nation’s water infrastructure is crumbling and
in need of massive investments. The American Society of Civil
Engineers gives the nation’s water infrastructure a “D” grade.
Today, approximately $45 billion is spent annually on water
infrastructure. Much of that is spent on contracts for such
things as pipes, pumps, meters, chemicals, hardware and software, new water treatment plants, and consulting services.
The amount spent on water infrastructure is projected to
increase, as the American Water Works Association predicts
that it will cost at least $1 trillion to upgrade existing water
systems and meet the drinking water infrastructure needs of
our growing population. With this kind of projected spending,
the municipal water utility industry is going to be a strong
source of business opportunities for many years to come. Yet
the fragmented nature of the industry makes it difficult to
locate relevant contract opportunities.
BY GLENN OLIVER
Opportunities in Municipal Water Utility Contracts
www.waterworld.com 40 June | 2017
It is expected to cost at
least $1 trillion to upgrade
existing water systems
and meet the drinking
water infrastructure needs
of our growing population.