Water & Wastewater Market Monthly Roundup, March 2020

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Here's our Water & Wastewater Market Monthly Roundup for March 2020. As always, this blog features top news, drivers and important upcoming meetings and conferences related to the water and wastewater industry. Enjoy!

Industry Drivers


Driver: The National Water Reuse Action Plan - Version 1

Status: Published

Organization: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Released on February 27, 2020, the Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP – v1) identifies action leaders, water partners, implementation milestones, and target completion dates for 37 actions across 11 strategic themes. These actions represent initial momentum and serve as a catalyst for additional partnerships and subsequent actions to strengthen and diversify the US water resources.

For additional information see:  http://ow.ly/zqtl50yNYsO

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

Status: Proposed

Organization: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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.

For additional information see:  http://ow.ly/Edwb50yNYx4


SB-1044 Firefighting equipment and foam: PFAS chemicals

SB-1056 Clean Water Legislation to Monitor PFAS Chemical Contamination

Status: Introduced

Organization: California Senate

Introduced on Feb. 18, 2020, S.B. 1044 and S.B. 1056  address the growing contamination crisis of PFAS. 

S.B. 1044 would i) ban the manufacture, sale, and use of firefighting foam containing PFAS and ii) mandate that manufacturers of firefighting gear include a written notice if the equipment contains PFAS chemicals.

S.B. 1056 would direct the State Water Resources Control Board to develop methods to measure all PFAS chemicals found in drinking water, groundwater, surface water, and wastewater.

For additional information see:  http://ow.ly/YPvX50yNYBq & http://ow.ly/V6Nl50yNYDG

Notable M&A Feb. 2020


As per FirmoGraphs’ records, there were two notable M&A transactions in the US Water & Wastewater Industry, in the month of February 2020.

  • Feb. 03, 2020, NW Natural Water Company, LLC a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northwest Natural Holding Company has acquired Suncadia’s water and wastewater utilities in Washington state, with approval by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.
  • February 24, 2020, Valicor Environmental Services one of North America’s largest providers of non-hazardous wastewater treatment services acquired Affiliated Wastewater Environmental Services, thus expanding its leading network of wastewater processing facilities into the Denver market.

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Meeting Planner

Meetings in March & April, 2020

  • (Postponed) South Carolina Environmental Conference, Mar. 15 to Mar. 18, 2020, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina http://ow.ly/juxk50yRT2g

  • (Postponed) WateReuse California Annual Conference, Mar. 15 to Mar. 17, 2020, San Francisco, California http://ow.ly/2Ojz50yRT2P 

  • (Canceled) The Illinois Section American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Expo, Mar. 23 to Mar. 26, 2020, Springfield, Illinois http://ow.ly/G7ob50yRT3k

  • (Rescheduled) MO-AWWA-MWEA Joint Annual Meeting, from Mar. 28 to Apr. 1, 2020, to Aug. 22 to Aug. 26, 2020 Osage Beach, Missouri http://ow.ly/4Ioe50yRT3x

  • (Postponed) ALMSAWWA Local Meeting, Apr. 5 to Apr. 8, 2020, Mobile, Alabama http://ow.ly/wJkG50yRTyH

  • CSAWWA Mid-Atlantic Utility Conference, Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2020, Ellicott City, Maryland http://ow.ly/4Jgj50yRT4a

  • (Rescheduled) AZ Water Annual Conference, from Apr. 14 to Apr. 16, 2020 to July 21 to July 23, 2020, Phoenix, Arizona http://ow.ly/WBnC50yRT4z

  • (Rescheduled) AWWA New York Water Event, from Apr. 14 to Apr. 16, 2020 to July 7 to July 9, 2020, Saratoga Springs, New York http://ow.ly/PWjs50yRT55

  • (Postponed) The Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Apr. 20 to Apr. 22, 2020, Dallas, Texas http://ow.ly/y78S50yRT5C

  • Montana Section Joint Conference, Apr. 21 to Apr. 23, 2020, Great Falls, Montana http://ow.ly/XYoz50yRT5V

  • (Postponed) Geospatial Water Technology Conference, Mar. 23 to Mar. 26, 2020, Austin, Texas, http://ow.ly/L4BT50yRT6j

  • (Postponed) Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition, Mar. 16 to Mar. 20, 2020, Phoenix, Arizona, http://ow.ly/bu1E50yRT7f

  • (Postponed) BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show, Apr. 26 to Apr. 28, 2020, Penticton, British Columbia, http://ow.ly/mLc050yRT7U

  • (Canceled) CA-NV AWWA Annual Fall Conference, Apr. 6 to Apr. 9, 2020, Anaheim, California, http://ow.ly/ZDt150yRT8a

  • (Rescheduled) AWWA NJ Annual Conference, from Mar. 17 to Mar. 20, 2020, to July 7 to July 10, 2020, Atlantic City, New Jersey, http://ow.ly/j5aI50yRTcJ

  • (Canceled) PNWS AWWA Section Conference, Apr. 29 to May 1, 2020, Spokane, Washington, http://ow.ly/ppwM50yRTpF

  • (Canceled) Odors and Air Pollutants Conference, Mar. 15 to Mar. 18, 2020, Cincinnati, Ohio, http://ow.ly/XRS150yRTq9

  • (Canceled) WEF Residuals and Biosolids Conference, Mar. 31 to Apr. 3, 2020, Minneapolis, Minnesota, http://ow.ly/DwVn50yRTt1

  • (Postponed) AWW&WEA Annual Conference, Apr. 26 to Apr. 29, 2020, Hot Springs, Arkansas, http://ow.ly/ICvk50yRTwL

  • (Canceled) IN AWWA Annual Conference, Apr. 20 to Apr. 22, 2020, , Indiana, http://ow.ly/Apvw50yRTxt

  • (Suspended) South Carolina Environmental Conference, Mar. 15 to Mar. 18, 2020, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, http://ow.ly/r3N150yRTxN

  • (Canceled) NACWA/WEF/WERF/WaterReuse National Water Policy Forum & Fly-In, Apr. 26 to May 1, 2020, Washington, District of Columbia, http://ow.ly/1raY50yRTyf

Early Bird Registration Deadlines

  • Event: MO-AWWA-MWEA Joint Annual Meeting - 2020 (Postponed)
  • URL: http://ow.ly/oUR650yRTzi
  • Dates: Mar. 28 to Apr. 1, 2020
  • Location: Osage Beach, Missouri
  • Date Early Registration: Mar. 18, 2020
  • Event: ACWA Spring Conference & Exhibition - 2020 (Rescheduled)
  • URL: http://ow.ly/BqZa50yRTzx
  • Original Dates: May 5 to May 8, 2020
  • New Dates: July 28 to July 31, 2020
  • Location: Monterey, California
  • Date Early Registration: Apr. 17, 2020
  • Event: AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE) - 2020
  • URL: http://ow.ly/Umum50yRTA4
  • Dates: June 14 to June 17, 2020
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Date Early Registration: Apr. 22, 2020
  • Event: WEF Collection Systems Conference - 2020
  • URL: http://ow.ly/8fGz50yRTAt
  • Dates: June 2 to June 5, 2020
  • Location: El Paso, Texas
  • Date Early Registration: Apr. 24, 2020

Call for Papers Deadlines

  • Event: Annual Water Reuse in Texas Conference - 2020
  • Association: WateReuse Association
  • URL: http://ow.ly/qzEo50yRTB1
  • Dates: July 20 - July 21, 2020
  • Location: Frisco, Texas
  • Call for Papers Deadline: April 10, 2020

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