Neda Simeonova is editorial director of Water & Wastes Digest. Simeonova can be reached at [email protected] or 847.391.1011.
It’s been a long road to economic recovery. Reduced federal spending and state budgets pushed municipalities to address only the most urgent water and wastewater projects.
The industry continued to tread water as one report after another drew attention to the state of the nation’s water infrastructure: $1 trillion needed for repairs and expansion over the next 25 years, according to the American Water Works Assn., and $2.5 to $4.3 trillion needed for public water and wastewater over a 20-year period, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council.
While economic uncertainty continues to lurk, there are glimmering signs of recovery for the municipal water sector this year. Do you think we will see economic improvements trickle down to our industry? Please e-mail us your thoughts at [email protected].