Concrete Products

JAN 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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10 • January 2018 www.concreteproducts.com GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS INFRASTRUCTURE In the wake of tightening municipal bud- gets, environmental violations, and aging infrastructure, private players are poised to capitalize on struggling water and wastewa- ter utilities. A new Bluefield Research report, U.S. Municipal Water & Wastewater: Defining the Addressable Market for Private Invest- ment, estimates the total market value of 78,000-plus community water and wastewa- ter systems across the U.S. to exceed $700 billion. "We've been talking about this trend for several years—municipalities and smaller private system owners' growing inability to keep up with deteriorating utility infra- structure, so our analysis has been developed as a tool to evaluate the opportunities for investment," says Bluefield Research Presi- dent Reese Tisdale. "There seems to be no shortage of interest, and capital for that matter. Rather, the challenge for new market entrants, particularly for those looking to secure a platform from which to grow, is scale. Big deals are difficult to find." Approximately 15 percent of community water systems are already owned by private Water, wastewater system report tracks private operator emergence COMPLIANCE COMPELLED Top 15 states for systems with "serious violations" SOURCE: Bluefield Research

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