Water & Wastewater Market Recap, December 2022

By FirmoGraphs Staff
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The December 2022 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.

ADEQ Initiates Proactive $3 Million Public Water System Sampling Plan to Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Contamination

Status: Proposed

Organization: Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)

Summary: On December 16, 2022, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) started its statewide public water system sampling program to protect the citizens of Arizona from Per- and Polyfluoroalky (PFAS) contamination. As part of the efforts, ADEQ will sample every public water system in the state for PFAS from December 16, 2022, to September 2023. The sampling plan goes beyond the fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR5) of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which requires PFAS testing for water systems serving more than 3,300 customers, while ADEQ will conduct PFAS testing for every public water system. Beginning from December 16, 2022, the key points of the plan are:

  1. ADEQ will conduct tests for PFAS for 1,200 public systems. In addition, ADEQ will request their data if the water system is already sampling for PFAS.
  2. ADEQ sampling will be conducted under the approved EPA’s PFAS Assurance Quality Plan Program, and samples will be analyzed as per EPA’s Methods 533 and 537.1.
  3. ADEQ will share the PFAS sampling results with owners and operators and will be made public after validating the data.

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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.

City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Planned Capital Spending Increases by Nearly 16%

In the CIP covering the 2023-2028 fiscal years, Philadelphia detailed plans to spend almost $11 billion on capital projects, an increase of 15.9% from $9.5 billion in its 2022-2027 CIP. The current CIP has 566 discrete projects, compared to 584 projects in the prior CIP. The table below breaks down the City of Philadelphia’s planned capital spending by business area for its last two CIPs.

Planned Increase Due to Additional Funding for Existing Projects

Planned spending in the Transit category increased by 54.5% to $1.9 billion. The nearly $675 million increase goes to existing projects such as the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) Bridge, Track, Signal, Infrastructure Improvements, and SEPTA Station and Parking Improvements. These projects focus on improving transit infrastructure, vehicle vehicles, communications, and payment technologies, providing improved reliability and safety for Philadelphia riders throughout the city and region. In addition, the Rail Vehicle / Equipment Acquisition and Improvement Program to replace vehicles that have reached their useful life will be completed in 2023. 

The Water category also has planned an increase of $537.4 million due to the additional funding for improving treatment facilities, conveyance and collector systems, and engineering and material support for 2022. Lastly, the 6% increase in Streets business area goes to paving or reconstruction of streets and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Ramps and traffic control improvements.

Large Investments in Water Treatment Facilities and Bridges 

The City of Philadelphia has three projects valued at more than $1 billion and two projects valued at more than $400 million. Out of those five projects, three belong to the Water category, which has the most significant funding. The largest single project is Treatment Facilities Improvement, worth $1.5 billion. This project improves the water and wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, and related Water Department facilities. Another $1.3 billion and $960 million are planned to improve the Collector and Conveyance system. The other two notable projects belong to the Transit category: the SEPTA Bridge, Track, Signal, and Infrastructure Improvements, worth almost $1.4 billion, and SEPTA Station and Parking Improvements, worth $447.3 million.

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Notable M&A


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

What We Are Reading

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Here are some recent articles our team has been reading:

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