2016 STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS: U.S. WATER REPORT
The Black & Veatch 2016 Strategic Directions: Water Industry report identifies current trends and the ongoing challenges faced by the water industry as infrastructure demands increase and cost remains a top concern. 2016 finds an industry rising to meet perhaps its biggest challenges yet in managing infrastructure maintenance cost, navigating capital investment with limited resources and engaging customers who may be questioning the cost or the safety of their supply.
Many, if not all, of the issues considered most important to the water industry in 2016 seem to pull hard on a single thread: cost. The cost of addressing outdated systems at a time when traditional revenue streams are drying up and/or the political cost of pitching rate cases or alternative financing strategies to skeptical stakeholders. The cost of water as it’s widely perceived by the public, whose understanding of the resources needed to treat and deliver a safe supply may compete with the industry’s ever-growing – and deferred – maintenance bill.
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