BLACK & VEATCH
Welcome to the 2013 Strategic Directions in the U.S. Water Industry Report. For the second consecutive year, Black & Veatch has worked to capture the industry’s viewpoint concerning ongoing issues through our industry-wide survey. In addition to graphical interpretation of survey results, our full report provides expert analysis, recommendations and actionable intelligence for overcoming the growing challenges of limited finances, rising costs and the need to ensure the long-term viability of the provision of water and wastewater services.
Primary findings from this year’s report validate, at a macro level, what the industry has been saying for years. Aging infrastructure is threatening the financial viability of water and wastewater utilities, and traditional operating models are no longer sustainable. At the micro level, we see a commitment to improvement. However, the industry is just now developing real maturity in regard to formal asset management programs. As a result, ongoing efforts to fix aging infrastructure and gain efficiencies may not be addressing the root causes of some of the challenges impacting utilities.
The good news for U.S. water and wastewater utility leaders is that proven and tested methods for overcoming these challenges exist. In addition to survey findings and analysis, this report serves to highlight best practices and global project case studies that have benefited clients around the world and provided their customers with enhanced levels of service.
About the 2013 Report
The second annual Strategic Directions in the U.S. Water Industry Report is a compilation of data and analysis from an industry-wide survey. Since its inception, the report has served to provide insights on challenges and opportunities facing the water and wastewater industry.
This year’s water industry survey was conducted from March 18 through April 7, 2013. A total of 397 qualified water industry participants completed the online questionnaire – a 9 percent increase in participation from the 2012 survey.
Statistical significance testing was conducted on final survey results. Represented data have a 95 percent confidence level. Figures 1, 2 and 3 provide additional detail regarding the types of utilities represented by respondents, services their organizations provide and geographic regions served.
About Black & Veatch
“Black & Veatch started 1915 as a two-person partnership between former University of Kansas classmates Ernest Bateman Black and Nathan Thomas Veatch. The company began with 12 employees with offices in Kansas City, Missouri. It landed two large contracts, one in power and one in water, in its first year…Today, the company continues to experience strong growth across its core markets. Black & Veatch currently has a global workforce of more than 9,000 working in over 100 offices worldwide with projects completed in more than 100 countries on six continents.”