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Underground Infrastructure: U.S. Water & Wastewater Pipe Network Forecast, 2019-2028

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Underground Infrastructure: U.S. Water & Wastewater Pipe Network Forecast, 2019-2028
Published: November 8, 2019 Content info:

More than US$234 billion of capital expenditures (CAPEX) are forecasted over the next decade to address aging municipal water & wastewater pipe network infrastructure. Precipitated by decades of underinvestment, municipal utilities are under increasing pressure to address deteriorating linear assets at a faster pace.

This ‘Focus Report ’ forecasts the capital expenditures (CAPEX) and factors shaping the rehabilitation, replacement, and new build across an existing network of 3.2 million miles of linear assets.


  • Ten-year Annual CAPEX Forecast
  • Forecast Methodology & Assumptions
  • Pipes by Material Type & Diameter
  • Network Hardware: Valves, Fittings, Hydrants, Manholes
  • State-by-State Geographic Segmentation
  • Market Drivers & Shifts (e.g. Housing Starts, Population)


  • What factors drive replacement, rehabilitation, and greenfield network CAPEX?
  • How are U.S. pipe distribution & collection networks segmented, geographically?
  • What are the emerging trends and market disruptors?
  • Which pipe materials will gain market-share over the next decade?
  • How are associated hardware impacted by network growth?
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Section 1: Drivers for Change in Distribution & Collection Network Infrastructure

  • Anticipating Climatic Events Mitigates Utility Risks
    • Drought, Wastewater Reuse Sparks New Pipe Network Build-out
    • Utilities Caught Out in the Cold
  • Population, Demographic Shifts Signal Demand Changes
  • Aging Infrastructure & Deferred Investment
  • New Network Additions Driven by Housing Starts
    • Tracking Housing Starts for Greenfield Opportunities
    • Breaking Down Population Demands: Urban vs. Rural
  • Municipal Material Preferences, Procurement Policies Shape Market Opportunities

Section 2: Forecast Methodology & Assumptions

  • Building on the Existing Asset Base
  • Determining Rates of Change
  • Geographic Inputs Shape Variability
  • Diverging Material & Hardware Costs
  • Sowing Seeds for Greenfield Infrastructure
  • Replacement & Rehabilitation to Maintain Current System

Section 3: Distribution & Collection Network Forecasts

  • Forecast Overview
    • Percentage of Total CAPEX
    • Equipment vs. Labor
  • Forecast by Geography
  • Breaking Down the Outlook: Greenfield, Replacement & Rehabilitation
  • Distribution and Collection Pipes and Fittings
    • Pipes by Material Type
    • Pipes by Diameter
    • Pipe Fittings
  • Valve Types & Sizes
    • Butterfly, Plug, & Gate Valves
    • Air Valves
  • Manhole Sizes
  • Hydrant Market Outlook

Section 4: Looking to the Future

  • Digital Impacts: Network Asset Intelligence & Windows into the Network
  • New Materials Reshape Footprint
  • Will Trenchless Go Big
  • Lead Mitigation to Continue
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