2014 State of the Industry

Dec. 15, 2014

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Water & Wastes Digest (W&WD) strives tostay on top of industry trends and information. We are pleased to present our seventh annual State of the Industry Report.

Research for this report was conducted by ABR Research Inc., an independent research company specializing in custom research for clients in the business-to-business publishing and marketing industries.

The survey was conducted entirely over the Internet. A margin of error based on the returned surveys is calculated to be no greater than ± 5.6 percentage points at a confidence level of 95%.

The 2014 State of the Industry Report provides a current detailed assessment of the water and wastewater industry. Different market dynamics were studied, including professional and business demographics, budget and purchasing involvement and expenditures, industry resources utilized, and importance of topics.

Almost three in 10 (31%) of respondents stated that their primary job function is operations. An additional 30% have a government/administration function, followed by engineering with 28% and technical with 11% of mentions. 

The average age of respondents is 56. More than one-third (38%) are 60 or older. Survey responses represent the entire country, with 23% coming from the South, 24% from the West, 29% from the Midwest and the remaining 24% from the Northeast. Almost half (49%) work at a municipal system. An additional 22% state that they are consultants, followed by manufacturing facility/industrial system (15%), contractor (11%) and service firm (3%). Almost one-third (32%) of respondents are planning construction of new water and wastewater facilities within the next 24 months. An additional 7% have new construction plans within the next 36 months. More than half (59%) are planning to upgrade their facilities. Forty-four percent plan to do so within the next 24 months, with another 15% planning an upgrade within 36 months.

W&WD is committed to keeping its readers informed of and up to date on today’s industry issues. We will continue to research and report on the state of this industry throughout the upcoming year. 

To access the full State of the Industry report, please refer to the PDF below.

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