Water & Wastewater Market Recap, January 2021

By FirmoGraphs Staff
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January 2021's Water and Wastewater Market Recap is a snapshot of insights in the water and wastewater industries in the last month. We share industry drivers, notable projects, recent mergers and acquisitions, interesting reads, and updates on upcoming meetings and conferences.

Industry Drivers

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Our data team tracks new and updated industry drivers. Here is a recent driver we have been following this month:

EPA Invites 55 New Projects to Apply for WIFIA Loans to Improve Water Quality

Status: Proposed

Organization: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Summary: On January 12, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 55 new projects in 20 states are invited to petition for close to $5.1 billion in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. This funding will support finance over $12 billion in clean water and drinking water infrastructure projects to preserve public health and improve water quality. 

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Notable Projects

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We track notable projects from proposal stage to becoming effective. Here are some of the recent notable projects we have been tracking. 

Buckeye FRS No.1 Rehabilitation Project Phase 2A

Type: FRS Rehabilitation                                            

Status: Proposed

Organization: Maricopa County, Arizona

Summary: In its October meeting, Arizonas' Maricopa County approved acceptance of grant funds from the Natural Resources Conservation Service of $11 million to construct Buckeye Flood Retarding Structure (FRS) No. 1 Phase 2B and authorize the District Director to sign grant documents. This phase will complete the overall rehabilitation of Buckeye FRS No.1. The grant period began on September 9, 2020 and ends on April 26, 2023. The Flood Control District has a matching requirement of $7.6 million out of the Total Estimated Project Costs of $18.6 million. Phase 2A requires the rehabilitation of about 5 miles of an embankment dam placed north of Interstate 10 in Buckeye, Arizona. Rehabilitation entails raising the east end area of the dam, reconstructing a central filter, restoration of existing outlet drains, adding upstream and downstream access ramps, constructing O&M roads, removing an irrigation outlet, hydro-seeding the slopes of the dam, and applying rock mulch.

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Canal Drive Sewer Line

Type: Sewer                                           

Status: Proposed

Organization: Kennewick City, Washington

Summary: On October 26, 2020, Washington's Kennewick City Council gave a brief review of Canal Drive Sewer Replacement Project. The project will involve the installation of a new 12-inch dia. sewer line down Canal Drive from the US 395 bridge 600 LF eastward to replace failing concrete line on the south side of roadway. Emergency repairs were completed in December 2019, enabling this project to be designed under non-emergency conditions. The project is currently in its design phase and the estimated construction is in 2021.

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February Bid Opening Set for ALCOSAN East Headworks Project

Type: Lift and Pump Stations Construction                                        

Status: Proposed

Organization: Allegheny County Sanitary Authority

Summary: On December 27, 2020, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority announced receiving bids for the new East Headworks project on February 17, 2021. The East Headworks will provide preliminary treatment for a peak flow of 360 MGD. This contract is part of the overall wet weather plant expansion. The estimate of probable cost for new construction is in the range of $105 to $127 million.

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Agua Fria's Certificate of Convenience and Necessity Extension

Type: Sewer Construction                                          

Status: Proposed

Organization: EPCOR Water Arizona Inc

Summary: On October 20, 2020, the EPCOR Water Arizona Inc. requested approval from the Arizona Corporation Commission to extend its Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for the Agua Fria area of its Arizona Wastewater District to allow the Company to serve a proposed single-family residential subdivision in unincorporated Maricopa County. The proposed development is within the City of Buckeye Municipal Planning Area and within the Maricopa Association of Governments 208 Plan area of the City of Buckeye Sundance Water Reclamation Facility. The estimated total construction cost of the proposed on-site and off-site facilities is $2.6 million. 

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Notable Capital Improvement Plans

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Here is a recent, notable Capital Improvement Plan (CIPs). FirmoGraphs deconstructs the CIPs into data elements, along with available project descriptions. Please feel free to request a meeting and review the data live in the BI.

Pima County, Arizona has 15% decrease in the Capital Improvement Plan

In October, Pima County, Arizona adopted its latest FY 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan. Looking back at the FY 2020-2024 approved Capital Plan, it totaled $1.05 billion. The appropriations were designated for the Business Areas of Regional Wastewater Reclamation ($353 million), Transportation ($256 million), and Facilities Management ($170 million).

This year’s CIP totals $0.9 billion, which is a decrease of 15%. The Business Area of Regional Wastewater Reclamation is now the appropriated area, with $289 million, while for Transportation was appropriated $169 million, and for Facilities Management $196 million, showing slight increase over years.

The current 2021-2025 Capital Program has intended funds for 205 projects, 25 more than the last year. Most expensive CIP Projects include “New Aerospace Corridor” and “System-Wide Treatment Rehabilitation Program” for $45million and $23 million, respectively.



Notable M&A

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The following M&A transactions in the Water and Wastewater Industry stand out in the month of January:

  • December 24, 2020, the Vortex Companies, LLC acquired North American Pipeline Services, LLC (NAP).
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  • December 31, 2020, A.Y. McDonald has acquired Val-Matic Valve & Mfg. Corporation, of Elmhurst, Ill.
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  • January 7, 2021, Magnolia Water Utility Operating Company acquired the assets of Guste Island Utility Company in a sale approved by the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC).
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What We Are Reading

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Here are some recent articles our team has been reading:

Meeting Planner

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Organizations have shifted their event strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are tracking these changing meeting plans. 

Meetings in February and March 2021

Call for Papers Deadline

  • Event: BCWWA Virtual Conference & Trade Show - 2021
    Dates: Jun. 1 - Jun. 2, 2021
    Date Call for Paper: Feb. 22, 2021
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