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Water and Wastewater Market Recap, February 2021

By FirmoGraphs Staff
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February 2021's Water and Wastewater Market Recap is a snapshot of water industry insights. 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 are some recent drivers we have been following this month:

FEMA Responds to Severe Winter Weather in the Southeast

Status: Effective

Organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Summary: On February 21, 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) got authorization by President Biden to provide emergency protective measures for mass care and sheltering and direct federal assistance. FEMA is actively coordinating with impacted states, local and tribal governments to address their needs.

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Amendment of the Deepwater Port Act of 1974

Status: Proposed

Organization: U.S. House

Summary: On February 19, 2021, an act to amend the Deepwater Port Act of 1974 was introduced. The act relates to permit the construction of deepwater ports in Federal water adjacent to certain coastal States that do not have an active Coastal Zone Management Program.

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NACWA, AMWA launch Affordable Water, Resilient Communities Campaign

Status: Effective

Organization: National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA)

Summary: On February 1, 2021, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) started their joint Affordable Water, Resilient Communities campaign. The campaign will increase awareness among federal lawmakers, key stakeholders, and the public around the vital role of public water sector utilities in supporting healthy, resilient communities, the financial challenges local utilities and their customers face after years of increasing local costs and declining federal cost-share, and the critical need for greater federal investment in water infrastructure.

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California American Water’s 2020 infrastructure investments total more than $68 million

Status: Effective

Organization: California American Water

Summary: On February 10, 2021, California American Water announced it invested, despite the coronavirus, more than $68 million on system upgrades and various improvement projects in the communities served throughout the year. Some of the most notable ones include: Sacramento Area, Monterey Peninsula, Los Angeles and Ventura County, and South San Diego. The company plans to spend more than $143 million over the next two years in infrastructure construction and important system maintenance projects.

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EPA Takes Action to Address PFAS in Drinking Water

Status: Effective

Organization: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Summary: On February 22, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is taking two actions to protect public health by addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water. EPA is reproposing the Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5) to collect new data on PFAS in drinking water and the agency is reissuing final regulatory determinations for PFOAs and PFOSs under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

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Notable Projects


We track notable projects from proposal stage to becoming effective. Here is a recent notable project we have been tracking. 

$89.5 Million Wastewater Treatment System at the Elm Road Generating Station

Type: Water/Wastewater Treatment                                           

Status: Proposed

Organization: Wisconsin Electric Power Company, Madison Gas and Electric Company, and WPPI Energy

Summary: On February 16, 2021, the Wisconsin Electric Power Company, Madison Gas and Electric Company, and WPPI Energy filed a joint application before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for a Certificate of Authority to Construct a New Wastewater Treatment System at the Elm Road Generating Station, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. The requested project consists of installing a new biological and ultrafiltration wastewater treatment system and making modifications to the existing wastewater treatment system to segregate FGD wastewater and “Site wastewater” (defined as non-FGD wastewater currently processed through the existing ERGS PUBLIC REDACTED treatment system) into separate trains to meet the new discharge limitations in the most cost effective manner. These systems will consist of new wastewater treatment equipment, tanks, foundations, buildings, piping, electrical supply, and controls. The estimated cost of this project is $89.5 million. 

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Notable Capital Improvement Programs

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Here are some recent, notable Capital Improvement Programs (CIPs). FirmoGraphs has deconstructed 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.

Johnson County’s Capital Improvement Plan shows the expense of $897 million

In October, 2020 Johnson County, Kansas released 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan showing the projects related to the Johnson County Wastewater, Airport, Department of Technology and Innovation, Johnson County Library, Parks, Public Works, Stormwater and Transit.

Looking back at the FY 2020-2024 approved Capital Program, it totaled $885 million. The appropriations were designated for the Business Areas of Johnson County Wastewater ($393 million), Public Works ($95 million), Parks ($93 million) and Stormwater ($79 million).

This year’s CIP totals $897 million, which is an increase of 1.32%. The Business Area of Johnson County Wastewater is now appropriated with $432 million, Public Works with $135 million, showing increases. However, Parks were apropriated $88 million while Stormwater was appropriated $75 billion, showing slight decrease.

The current 2021-2025 Capital Program has intended funds for 65 projects, 1 less than the last years.

Most valuable CIP Projects include “Wastewater Projects” and “County Assistance Road System” for $432 million and $93 million, respectively.


Business Areas

2020- 2024 CIP 

2021- 2025 CIP 

Expense change in % between two CIP’s 


$393 million

$432 million



$130 million

$54 million


Public Works

$95 million

$135 billion


Parks and Recreation

$80 million

$88 million



$79 million

$75 million


Library Operating

$44 million

$61 million



$18 million

$20 million


Technology & Innovation

$16 million

$4.3 million



$16 million

$12 million


Health & Environment 

$3.8 million

$3.4 million


Justice Information Management Systems

$3.2 million

$2.2 million 


Emergency Management & Communications

$1.06 million

$0.7 million



$0.6 million

$1.03 million




$2.9 million




$0.7 million




$0.5 million



$885 million

$897 million


Source: https://www.jocogov.org/sites/default/files/documents/TRE/2021_Capital_and_Operating_Budgets_r965.pdf 


Central Contra Costa Sanitary District’s Capital Improvement Plan for 2021-2030 increased by 4.6%

In November, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District of California released the Capital Improvement Plan for 2021-2030 showing the Projects related to Collection System, Treatment Plant, General Improvements and Recycled Water.

Looking back at the FY 2020-2029 approved Capital Program, it totaled $843 million. The appropriations were designated for the Business Areas of Collection System ($349 million), Treatment Plant ($413 million), General Improvements ($25 million) and Recycled Water ($55 million).

This year’s CIP totals $881 million, which is an increase of 4.6%. The Business Area of Collection System is now appropriated with $335 million (a $14 million decrease), Treatment Plant with $457 million (a $44 million increase), General Improvements with $22 million (a $3 million decrease), while Recycled Water was appropriated $67 million (a $12 million increase).

The current 2021-2030 Capital Program has intended funds for119 projects, 11 less than the last years' budget.

The most valuable CIP Projects include “Collection System Sewer Renovation - Phase 2” and “Collection System Sewer Renovation - Phase 3” for $103 million and $63 million, respectively.

Business Area

2020- 2029 CIP

2021 - 2030 CIP

Expenses change in % between two CIP’s

Collection System

$349 million

$335 million


Treatment Plant

$413 million

$457 million


General Improvements

$25 million

$22 million


Recycled Water

$55 million

$67 million



$843 million

$881 million



Source: https://www.centralsan.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/fy_2020-21_budget_-_final.pdf?1593106272 

Notable M&A

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

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. 

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