Our July 2021 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.
Our data team tracks new and updated industry drivers. Here are some recent drivers we have been following this month:
EPA Identifies Drinking Water Contaminants for Potential Regulation
Organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Summary: On July 12, 2021, the EPA published a draft of the Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List 5, which is the Fifth Contaminant Candidate List (CCL 5) published by the agency since the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) amendments of 1996. The contaminants on the list occur, or are ones the EPA anticipates will occur, in public water systems and may require regulation under the SDWA. Draft CCL 5 includes 66 individual chemicals; 12 microbial groups; and three chemical groups: per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), cyanotoxins, and disinfection byproducts (DBPs). EPA is seeking comments on the Draft CCL 5 on or before September 17, 2021.
Status Update: PFAS Action Act
Organization: U.S. House
Summary: On July 21, 2021, the U.S. House passed the PFAS Action Act, initially introduced in April. The Act would form a national drinking water standard for PFAS chemicals, designate PFAS as hazardous substances, limit industrial discharges, and provide $200 million annually to help water utilities and wastewater treatment facilities.
New Jersey AB 5343 - A Bill Relating to Replacing Lead Service Lines Within 10 Years
Organization: New Jersey State Legislature
Summary: On July 22, 2021, the New Jersey legislature passed and Gov. Phil Murphy signed a partisan bill that requires public water systems to replace lead service lines in the next 10 years. The bill will allow water companies to raise rates on property owners to pay for the replacements, though it's possible federal funds could help cover their estimated $2.65 billion cost.
The Clean Water for Delaware Act
Organization: Delaware State Legislature
Summary: On July 22, 2021, Delaware Governor John Carney signed the Clean Water for Delaware Act, which creates a $50 million Clean Water Trust to protect Delaware’s waterways and rebuild the state’s drinking water infrastructure with a focus on underserved communities.
Governor Wolf Announces $97 Million Investment in Clean, Lead-Free Water Infrastructure Projects in 19 Counties
Organization: Pennsylvania State Legislature
Summary: On July 26, 2021, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced $97 million in funding for 25 drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and non-point source projects across 19 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority.
Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program
Organization: Ohio State Legislature
Summary: On July 30, 2021, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine launched a $250 million grant program to invest in the state's water infrastructure. The program will provide safe, reliable drinking water in areas that need infrastructure, bring sewage treatment capacity to areas without sewers, and develop regional infrastructure to serve multiple communities. Water and wastewater construction projects are eligible for grants of up to $5 million, and infrastructure engineering design projects are eligible for grants of up to $250,000. The program is a part of HB 168, signed in June, with money appropriated through the American Rescue Plan Act.
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 the BI.
California Anaheim City Reported $10.27% Increase in the 2022 - 2026 CIP as Compared to Previous Year
In the year 2020 Anaheim City Council, California, released the 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Plan showing the projects. The categories introduced by the Council are Recreation, Parks & Libraries, Downtown Projects & Municipal Facilities, Electric Systems, Water Systems, Wastewater, Transportation Improvements and Commercial Entertainment Venues.
Looking back at the FY 2021-2025 proposed Capital Program, it totaled $695 million. The appropriations were designated for the Recreation, Parks & Libraries ($8 million), Downtown Projects & Municipal Facilities ($15 million), Electric Systems ($353 million), Water Systems ($141 million), Wastewater ($36 million), Transportation Improvements ($128 million), ($12 million) and Commercial Entertainment Venues ($8 million).
This year’s recommended CIP totals $789 million which is an increase of 13%. The Business Area of Anaheim City Council, California Recreation, Parks & Libraries is appropriated with $12 million, Downtown Projects & Municipal Facilities with $12 million, Electric Systems with $430 million, Water with $156 million, Wastewater with $17 million, Transportation Improvements with $147 million and Commercial Entertainment Venues with $12 million. “Water Mains” is the most expensive water project worth $56 million from the whole water budget.
Middlesex County Utilities Authority Plans on Spending $494 Million on Wastewater Projects in 2021-2026 CIP
In the year 2019 Middlesex County Utilities Authority released the 2020-2025 Capital Improvement Plan showing the projects. The categories introduced by the County are Wastewater Division and Solid Waste Division.
Looking back at the FY 2020-2025 Capital Program, it totaled $390 million. The appropriations were designated for the Business Areas of Wastewater ($349 million), Solid waste ($41 million).
This year’s CIP totals $527 million which is an increase of 35%. The Business Area of Middlesex County Utilities Authority Wastewater is appropriated with $492 million and solid waste $32 million.
FirmoGraphs has recently published a blog on A Business Developer’s Guide to Capital Improvement Plans blog. FirmoGraphs's staff curates data and news about the US water & wastewater industry, including important regulatory changes, capital plans, and project awards. This information gives water & wastewater industry executives a leg-up in their local, state, and national business development activities within the United States.
The following M&A transactions in the Water and Wastewater Industry stand out in the month of May:
What We Are Reading
Here are some recent articles our team has been reading:
- Yuba Water Agency Pledges $6.5 Million to Community Projects in Yuba County
- Journey of PFAS in Wastewater Facilities Highlights Regulation Challenges
- Capacity Upgrades to Meet Increasing Demand and Enhance Aging Infrastructure
- ACCIONA to Construct and Operate €2.34 Billion Flood prevention project in US
Organizations have shifted their event strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are tracking these changing meeting plans.
Meetings in August and September 2021
- WEF KY/TN Water Professionals Conference - Aug. 15 - Aug. 18, 2021
- IWA Water Resource Recovery Modelling Seminar - Aug. 21 - Aug. 25, 2021
- AWE The Water Expo - Aug. 25 - Aug. 26, 2021
- WEF Annual Indiana WEA Conference - Aug. 25 - Aug. 27, 2021
- FSAWWA Region V Fourteenth Annual Water and Wastewater Expo - Aug. 26, 2021
- IFME PWX 2021: Stronger Together - Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2021
- PA-AWWA PMAA Annual Conference - Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2021
- Annual KWEA / KsAWWA Water & Wastewater Conference - Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2021
- CS-AWWA Tri Association Conference - Aug 31. - Sept. 3, 2021
- AWWA NJ Annual Conference - Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2021
- WEF KWEA & KSAWWA 12th Joint Annual Water & Wastewater Conference (Kansas WEA) - Sep. 31 - Aug. 2, 2021
- WEF 2021 Tri-Con Association Conference (Chesapeake WEA) - Sep. 2 - Sep. 5, 2021
- NE-AWWA Annual Conference - Sept. 7 - Sept. 10, 2021
- AWWA NJ Operator Training Series: "Disinfection" - Sept. 10, 2021
- AWWA Water Infrastructure Conference - Sept. 12 - Sept. 15, 2021
- WEF PNCWA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Pacific NW) - Sept. 12 - Sept. 15, 2021
- NRWA WaterPro Conference - Sept. 13 - Sept. 16, 2021
- WEF WaterJam - Sept. 13 - Sept. 16, 2021
- RM-AWWA Water Summit and Expo - Sept. 14 - Sept. 17, 2021
- MI-AWWA ACE Annual Conference & Exhibits - Sept. 14 - Sept. 17, 2021
- MN AWWA Annual Conference - Sept. 14 - Sept. 17, 2021
- WEF Rocky Mountain Virtual Water Summit & Expo - Sept. 14 - Sept. 17, 2021
- WateReuse California Annual Conference - Sept. 19 - Sept. 21, 2021
- WCA-AWWA Western Canada Water Annual Conference & Exhibition - Sept. 21 - Sept. 24, 2021
- AWE Calwep's Virtual Fall Plenary - Sept. 21, 2021
- NYSAWWA Edwin C. Tifft Jr. Water Supply Symposium - Sept. 21 - Sept. 23, 2021
- WEF 2021 IAWEA Annual Conference (Iowa WEA) - Sept. 21 - Sept. 23, 2021
- WEF WCW Annual Conference & Exhibition (Western Canada WEA) - Sept. 21 - Sept. 24, 2021
- WIAWWA Annual Conference - Sept. 22 - Sept. 24, 2021
- IWA NORDIWA Wastewater Conference - Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2021
Early Birds Registration
- Event: NE-AWWA Annual Conference
Dates: Sept. 7 - Sept. 10, 2021
Deadline for Early Registration: Aug. 9, 2021
- Event: IMS-AWWA Annual Conference "Resilience": Rising Above Everchanging Challenges Dates: Oct 6. - Oct. 8, 2021
Deadline for Early Registration: Aug. 13, 2021
- Event: AWWA Water Infrastructure Conference
Dates: Sept. 14 - Sept. 17, 2021
Deadline for Early Registration: Aug. 13, 2021
- Event: AWWA NJ Annual Conference
Dates: Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2021
Deadline for Early Registration: Aug. 25, 2021
- Event: WWWEA Conference
Dates: Oct. 10 - Oct. 13, 2021
Deadline for Early Registration: Aug. 31, 2021
- Event: AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
Dates: Nov. 8 - Nov. 10, 2021
Deadline for Early Registration: Sept. 6, 2021
- Event: NC AWWA-WEA 101ST Annual Conference
Dates: Nov. 14 - Nov. 15, 2021
Deadline for Early Registration: Sept. 17, 2021
- Event: RM-AWWA Western Colorado Water & Wastewater Conference
Dates: Oct. 6 - Oct. 7, 2021
Deadline for Early Registration: Sept. 20, 2021