Water & Wastewater Market Recap, April 2023

By FirmoGraphs Staff
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The April 2023 Water and Wastewater Market Recap covers interesting and useful water industry news for this month. It contains updates on industry drivers, notable projects, and recent mergers and acquisitions, as well as some interesting reads, and upcoming upcoming meetings and conferences.

Industry Drivers

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Our data team tracks major developments in the water industry, which we call drivers. Here are some of the most important drivers from last month.

EPA Advances PFAS Strategic Roadmap, Requests Public Input and Data to Inform Future Regulations under CERCLA

Status: Proposed

Organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Summary: On April 13, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), inviting public input regarding the possible harmful substance designations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The EPA seeks feedback on whether to designate additional PFAS, such as HFPO-DA and Certain PFAS compounds that break down in the environment and form other PFAS compounds and whether certain PFAS compounds should be grouped or categorized. The ANPRM will remain open for 60 days until June 12, 2023. 

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Notable Capital Improvement Programs


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 our business intelligence application.

Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority Planned Capital Spending Decreases by 26%

In the CIP covering the 2023-2027 fiscal years, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) detailed plans to spend $190.9 million on capital projects, a decrease of 26% from $258.4 million in its 2022-2026 CIP. The current CIP has 50 discrete line items, compared to 55 line items in the prior CIP. The table below breaks down the FKAA’s planned capital spending by business area for its last two CIPs.

FKAA florida capital spending table

Business Areas Decreases Due to Projects Near Completion

The Water Business Area decreased by 17% to $181.9 million. The $36 million decrease goes to projects near completion, such as the Stock Island Reverse Osmosis, worth $36 million. The wastewater category also decreases due to the ongoing Big Coppitt Treatment Plant Expansion and Big Coppitt Wastewater Reclamation Facility Expansion amounting to $14 million each and will be completed in 2024. 

Two Projects Will Receive Over $25 Million of Investment 

Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority has two notable projects valued at more than $25 million, both belonging to the Water business area. The largest project is the Islamorada Transmission Line Replacement (MM79-84), worth $33 million. The replacement is due to the high risk of failure identified in Islamorada’s main transmission line. In addition, $29 million is planned for the Kermit H Lewin Reverse Osmosis Facility to develop a 4 million gallons per day (MGD) water production facility on Stock Island. 

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Fallbrook Public Utilities District Planned Capital Expenditure Decreased by 14%

In the CIP covering the 2023-2028 fiscal years, Fallbrook Public Utilities District (FBUD) detailed plans to spend $59.4 million on capital projects, an increase of 10% from $54 million in its 2022-2027 CIP. The current and prior CIP both have 20 discrete line items. The table below breaks down FBUD’s planned capital spending by business area for its last two CIPs.

Fallbrook Public Utilities District capital spending table

Most Significant Decrease Planned for Water Business Area

Almost all the business areas in the current CIP decreased. The most significant decrease is the Water Category, from $38.9 million to $31.8 million. The reduction is due to the completed project in 2022, the Santa Margarita River Conjunctive Project Use Construction, worth $8.5 million.

Over $20 Million Investment for Water-Related Project

The FBUD has one significant project valued at $23.7 million, the Pipeline Replacement Projects by Contractors, under the Water business area. The project will replace about 7,500 linear feet of the main line on various streets with pipe diameters ranging from 6 to 12 inches. 

Click Here to See Fallbrook Public Utilities District, California, CIP

City of Melbourne, Florida, Planned Capital Program Increased by 4%

In the CIP covering the 2023-2027 fiscal years, City of Melbourne, Florida detailed plans to spend $304.8 million on capital projects, an increase of 4% from $293.1 million in its 2022-2026 CIP. The current CIP has 221 discrete line items, compared to 198 line items in the prior CIP. The table below breaks down Melbourne's planned capital spending by business area for its last two CIPs.

melbourne florida capital spending table

Largest Increase in Water and Sewer Business Area

Planned spending in the Water and Sewer category increased by 8% to $187.6 million. The increase goes to funding existing projects, including the Improvements to the Water Treatment and Production Facilities valued at $16 million and the construction of the new 36” Water Main from the Water Treatment Plant to the Distribution System, worth $6 million. The Transportation category also increased by 24% or $8.7 million for the same reason. 

Notable Project Worth $40 Million

The City of Melbourne has one notable project, Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant Expansion, valued at $40 million, and it's under the Water and Sewer category. As of now, there are no additional details about the project in the current CIP.

Click Here to See City of Melbourne, Florida, CIP

Notable M&A


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

What We Are Reading

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Here are some recent articles our team has been reading:

Meeting Planner

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There is no replacement for face-to-face meetings with your prospects and customers! We track meetings of interest to our customers serving the US water and wastewater industry industry so you won’t miss upcoming meetings and deadlines. Also, FirmoGraphs has recently implemented a free-of-charge service for tracking notable infrastructure events

Meetings in May and June 2023

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Date Start

Date End

Vermont Rural Water Association

VRWA Vermont Rural Water Association Annual Conference



North Carolina Rural Water Association

NCRWA Annual Conference & Exhibition



Water Environment Federation

WEF Odors and Air Pollutants Conference



Water Environment Federation

WEF Residuals and Biosolids Conference



Alliance of Indiana Rural Water

AIRW Southern Operator Expo



Tennessee Utility Assistance, LLC

TAUD Operator Expo



Alabama Rural Water Association

ARWA Alabama Rural Water Association AL/FL Joint Technical Training Conference



Alliance of Indiana Rural Water

AIRW Northern Operator Expo



Water Environment Federation

WEF Innovations in Process Engineering Conference



American Water Works Association

AWWA ACE23 - Annual Conference and Exposition



Water Environment Federation

WEF Collection Systems Conference



Water Environment Federation

WEF Stormwater Summit



Call for Papers

Early Bird Registrations

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