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U.S. Municipal Water Infrastructure: Utility Strategies & CAPEX Forecasts, 2018-2028

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U.S. Municipal Water Infrastructure: Utility Strategies & CAPEX Forecasts, 2018-2028
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More than 50% of U.S. municipal water & wastewater infrastructure is nearing the end of its useful life, and the traditional quick fixes by a highly fragmented group of 50,000 public water systems are giving way to a need for more extensive capital expenditures.

Over the next ten years, from 2016 to 2025, municipal utilities have set the stage for over US$ 550 billion in capital improvements to address deteriorating piping networks, combined sewer overflows, and rising population demands for new water supplies.

The scope of these utility infrastructure improvements varies significantly by region- utilities in the east are largely focused on system rehabilitation and storm water overflows, while new water supplies and drought management activities are more prevalent in the south and west. As a result, the market is ripe for new, more efficient infrastructure solutions.

This report is essential for companies evaluating the outlook, opportunities, and trends in water infrastructure planning for U.S utilities.



  • Water technology firms seeking insights into advanced water treatment opportunities across the U.S. municipal utility sector.
  • Supply chain companies in need of critical analysis on CAPEX trends and forecasts by utility, state, and region.
  • EPC firms looking to stress-test their strategies and validate strategic decisions through an un- biased, independent perspective
  • Infrastructure Investors looking for guidance to support M&A and investment decisions.
  • Financial organizations requiring transparent analysis of the U.S. municipal utility regulatory environment and key drivers for growth.

In this report, Bluefield profiles more than 60 of the largest municipal utility in the U.S. Each profile provides competitive analysis of each utility's capital improvement plans, including year-over-year investments, utility details, key initiatives impacting spending, and CAPEX breakout, including water, wastewater, pipes, pumps, plants, and other categories.

The profiles are accompanied by excel spreadsheets supporting each profile.

  • Albuquerque Water Utility Authority
  • Atlanta Department of Watershed management
  • Austin Water
  • Baltimore Bureau of Water & Wastewater
  • Birmingham Water Works
  • Board of Water Supply City and County of Honolulu
  • Boston Water and Sewer Commission
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department
  • Chicago Department of Water Management
  • Citizens Energy Group, Indianapolis
  • City of Dallas Water Utilities
  • City of Fresno Water Division
  • City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department
  • City of Tampa Water Department
  • Cleveland Water Department
  • Cobb County Water System
  • Columbus Department of Public Utilities
  • DC Water
  • Denver Water
  • Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District
  • El Paso Water Utilities
  • Fairfax Water
  • Fort Worth Water Department
  • Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources
  • Houston Public Works and Engineering Department
  • Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA)
  • Las Vegas Valley Water District
  • Long Beach Water Department
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Louisville Water
  • Memphis Light, Gas & Water
  • Metro Water Services
  • Metropolitan Utilities District
  • Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department
  • Milwaukee Water Works
  • Minneapolis Water Treatment & Distribution Service
  • New York Department of Environmental Protection
  • Oklahoma City Department of Utilities
  • Philadelphia Water Department
  • Phoenix Water Services Department
  • Portland Water District
  • San Antonio Water System
  • San Diego County Water Authority
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Seattle Public Utilities
  • Suffolk County Water Authority
  • Tucson Water
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
  • Western Municipal Water District


  • What is the size of the U.S. municipal water infrastructure market?
  • Where is the spend forecasted to take place by state and region?
  • Which utilities are poised for the largest expenditures?
  • How do states and regions vary by new build versus rehabilitation?
  • Which sub-segments represent the largest share of spend: pipes, pumps, or plants?
  • What is the impact of consent orders on utility spend over the next decade?
  • What role is the federal government playing in infrastructure investment?
  • Which solutions are emerging to slow the widening infrastructure gap?


U.S. Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Landscape

  • Forecasted CAPEX, 2016-2025
  • Total CAPEX Spend by Segment, 2016-2025
  • Total CAPEX by Region, , 2016-2025
  • Number of Water Systems by Size
  • Water System Sizes by Population Served
  • Number of Very Large Systems by State
  • Number of US Wastewater Facilities & Ownership Overview

Infrastructure Investment Drivers

  • Historical Pipe Material Usage
  • Estimated Material Usage by Region
  • Average Age of Pipe Infrastructure by Decade
  • Average Age of Pipe Infrastructure by Region
  • State Population Growth vs. Water Usage per Capita
  • State Population Growth Percent, 2010-2030
  • Annual Housing Starts, 2000-2015
  • Public Construction Spending for Water Supplies and Sewage, 2002-2015
  • Drought Conditions Across the US, May 2017

Regulatory & Funding Landscape

  • U.S. Regulatory Policies
  • Public Spending for Water Utilities, Federal vs. State Funding, 1956-2014
  • Public Spending for Water Utilities, Capital and Operation and Maintenance, 1956-2014
  • Municipal Bond Market Trends, 1996-2015
  • Residential Bill (No Billable Usage)
  • Commercial Bill (100,000 Gallons Billable Usage)
  • Residential Bill (7,500 Gallons Billable Usage)
  • Industrial Bill (10,000,000 Gallons Billable Usage)
  • Clean Water State Revolving Funding Details, 1988-2014
  • Cumulative Clean Water State Revolving Funding, Report 2010-2016
  • Number of Consent Decree Issuances by Year
  • Estimated Mitigation Cost by Year of Consent
  • Order

State by State Forecast, 2016-2025

  • Forecasting the Municipal Landscape: Methodology
  • Segmenting the Forecast
  • Year-Over-Year Forecast, 2016-2025
  • Year-Over-Year Forecast by Top 60 Utility Share, 2016-2025
  • Infrastructure Forecast, 60 Large Utilities Share of Market, 2016-2025
  • Regional Forecast Comparison, 2016-2025
  • Regional Water & Wastewater Forecast, 2016-2025
  • State-by-State Water Forecast, 2016-2025
  • State-by-State Wastewater Forecast, 2016-2025
  • Utility Water Infrastructure CAPEX by Allocation
  • CAPEX Equipment for Water
  • CAPEX Equipment for Wastewater
  • Total CAPEX Segmented by Key Equipment Breakdown
  • Equipment Market Signals
  • Regional Percent New vs. Rehab
  • CAPEX Pipes by Region

Emerging Solutions Addressing the Infrastructure Gap

  • Smart Water Targets Network Inefficiencies
  • U.S. Smart Water Supply Chain
  • Pipe Rehabilitation Solutions
  • Pipe Rehabilitation & Replacement Providers
  • Bluefield Research Planned Reuse Project Pipeline
  • Announced Project Developer Timelines
  • Capacity by Development Phase
  • Key Recent Public-Private Partnerships
  • Number of Completed Deals by Quarter, 2013-2015
  • Customers / Connections Added by Quarter, 2013-2015
  • Total Deal Value by Quarter, 2013-2015

Municipal Utility Rankings

  • Utility CAPEX Estimates for Major Metropolitan Areas, 2016-2025
  • Utility Water CAPEX Outlooks
  • Utility Wastewater CAPEX Outlooks


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


SECTION 1 // The U.S. Municipal Water Infrastructure Landscape

  • Sizing the Market - Municipal Water & Wastewater Outlook
  • U.S. Water Network
  • U.S. Wastewater Network

SECTION 2 // Infrastructure Investment Drivers

  • Aging Water Infrastructure Moves to Forefront of Investment Needs
  • Pipe Infrastructure Age Hits Select Regions
  • Projected Population Growth Heightens Pressure in Key States
  • Housing Starts Rebound, Increasing CAPEX Needs
  • Uptick in Construction Spending on Water & Sewage, 2002-2015
  • Water Stress, Drought Spark New Supply Investment in Key States

SECTION 3 // Regulatory & Funding Landscape

  • Incremental Policy Measures Drive New Build
  • Declining Federal Funds Give Way to Localities
  • Municipal Bond Market Activity
  • Water Tariffs on the Rise
  • Historical State Revolving Funding by State
  • EPA Consent Decrees Drive Stormwater Investment

SECTION 4 // State by State Forecast, 2016-2025

  • Forecasting the Municipal Landscape: Methodology
  • U.S. Forecast
    • U.S. Municipal Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Forecast Summary
    • Municipal Water and Wastewater Forecast, 2016-2025
    • Top 60 Municipal Utility Share of U.S. CAPEX, 2016-2025
    • Top 60 Utility Breakout from U.S. CAPEX Forecast, 2016-2025
  • Regional & State Outlook
    • Water & Wastewater CAPEX by Region
    • Water CAPEX from 2016 to 2025 by State
    • Wastewater CAPEX from 2016 to 2025 by State
  • Forecasts by Key Equipment and Application Segment
    • Capital Allocation by Key Segment
    • Sizing the Infrastructure Segments
    • Looking forward- Equipment Market Signals
    • Regional Pipe Rehabilitation vs New-Build

SECTION 5 // Emerging Solutions Addressing The Infrastructure Gap

  • Smart Water Targets Network Inefficiencies
  • U.S. Smart Water Supply Chain
  • Pipe Rehabilitation Solutions
  • Pipe Rehabilitation & Replacement Providers
  • Scaling Reuse Activity Adds to Investment
  • Desalination Infrastructure Planned for Supply Augmentation
  • Public-Private Partnerships in US Signal Need for Replicable Model
  • The Potential Role for More Private Participation

SECTION 6 // Municipal Utility Rankings

  • U.S. Project Pipeline: Announced Timeline vs. Current Status
  • Top 25 CAPEX by Largest Utilities by Population Served
  • Municipal Wastewater CAPEX + Consent Decrees

SECTION 7 // UTILITY PROFILES (See following page for list)

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