Water & Wastewater Market Monthly Roundup, April 2020

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Dear Readers,

Here's our Water / Wastewater Market Monthly Roundup for the month of April. As always, this roundup features top news, drivers and important upcoming meetings and conferences related to the water and wastewater industry. Enjoy!

Industry Drivers


Driver: H.R. 6379 - Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act

Status: Introduced 

Organization: U.S. Senate

Summary:  Introduced on March 23, 2020, this bill provides a supplemental $8.3 billion in emergency funding to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected government agencies are the Department of Health and Human Services, the State Department, and the Small Business Administration. The purpose of these funds is in developing and procuring vaccines and other medical supplies; grants for state, local, and tribal public health agencies and organizations; loans for affected small businesses; humanitarian assistance and support for health systems in the affected countries."

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Driver: EPA’s Temporary Policy on Enforcement of Environmental Legal Obligations

Status: Effective

Organization: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Summary:  March 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a temporary policy regarding regulatory enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The EPA will exercise significant discretion for specified noncompliance and will not expect to seek penalties for civil violations resulting from the pandemic.

This policy will apply retroactively beginning on March 13, 2020.  Also, the agency will assess and update this temporary policy regularly.

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Driver: EPA's Regulatory Determinations for PFOS and PFOA in Drinking Water

Status: Proposed

Organization: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Summary:  Proposed on February 20, 2020, EPA’s  Regulatory Determinations are steps to implement the Agency’s PFAS Action Plan and are meant to regulate the presence of two PFAS (PFOA and PFOS) chemicals in drinking water. Under Proposed Regulatory Determination of PFAS chemicals, EPA has set up a health advisory level in drinking water of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for the two chemicals, individually or combined, as the level below which human health would not be hurt.

EPA will seek comment on these preliminary determinations for 60 days after the notice is published in the Federal Register. 

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Notable M&A Mar. 2020


As per FirmoGraphs’ records, there was one notable M&A transaction in the US Water & Wastewater Industry, in the month of March, 2020.

  • March 02, 2020, NW Natural Water Company, LLC (NW Natural Water), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northwest Natural Holding Company (NYSE:NWN), has completed the acquisition of T&W Water Service Company in Conroe, Texas. The sale was approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas in close cooperation with the sellers and stakeholders.
  • March 31, 2020, Water solutions and services provider Culligan entered into an agreement to acquire AquaVenture Holdings (AquaVenture) for $1.1bn in an all-cash Meeting Planner transaction. For the transaction, Culligan agreed to pay AquaVenture shareholders $27.10 per share. The amount also includes the company’s net debt.

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Meetings in April & May, 2020

  • (Rescheduled) BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show, from Apr. 26 to Apr. 28 to Nov. 2 to Nov. 4, 2020, Penticton, British Columbia http://ow.ly/zgGY50zgbH0
  • (Canceled) NACWA/WEF/WERF/WaterReuse National Water Policy Forum & Fly-In, Apr. 26 to May 1, 2020, Washington, District of Columbia http://ow.ly/GjKR50zgbJP

Early Bird Registration Deadlines

  • Event: AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE) - 2020 (Canceled)
  • URL: http://ow.ly/zYX250zgdfI
  • Dates: Jun. 14 to Jun. 17, 2020
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Date Early Registration: Apr. 22, 2020
  • Event: WEF Collection Systems Conference - 2020 (Canceled)
  • URL: http://ow.ly/yMLu50zgdif
  • Dates: Jun. 2 to Jun. 5, 2020
  • Location: El Paso, Texas
  • Date Early Registration: Apr. 24, 2020

Call for Papers Deadlines

  • Event: Annual Water Resources Conference - 2020
  • Association: American Water Resources Association
  • URL: http://ow.ly/R6ll50zgdky
  • Dates: Nov. 9 to Nov. 12, 2020
  • Location: Kissimmee, Florida
  • Call for Papers Deadline: May 18, 2020
  • Event: NC AWWA-WEA Annual Conference - 2020
  • Association: American Water Works Association, North Carolina Section
  • URL: http://ow.ly/i6Y150zgdna
  • Dates: Nov. 1 to Nov. 4, 2020
  • Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Call for Papers Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Event: CA-NV AWWA Annual Fall Conference - 2020
  • Association: American Water Works Association, California-Nevada Section
  • URL: http://ow.ly/FgI450zgdsk
  • Dates: Oct. 26 to Oct. 29, 2020
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Call for Papers Deadline: Apr. 16, 2020

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