It’s been a long road to economic recovery. Federal spending and state budgets have been reduced significantly, pushing municipalities to address only the most urgent water and wastewater projects.
Yet, the industry continues to tread water as one report after another draws 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 modest recovery for the municipal water sector in 2013. Do you think we will see economic improvements trickle down to our industry, or should we brace for another uncertain year ahead? Please e-mail us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org .