Water Industry Consolidation: Is It a Trend?

Xylem Acquires Sensus The internet is buzzing with the news of Xylem’s recently announced intention to acquire Sensus by the end of this year for $1.7 billion in cash. Xylem (NYSE:XYL) was spun off from ITT Corporation in 2011 and …
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The Unsung Heroes of Water Sustainability

As we write these words the Olympics are in full swing in Rio de Janeiro. It is a time when we celebrate athletes from around the globe who have put countless hours behind the scenes into rigorous training in order …
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Taking Stock of US Water Industry: The Flint Effect

In December 2015 Moody’s Investors Services’ 12-18 month business outlook for the U.S. municipal water and sewer utility sector was “stable” – a rating that could certainly capture investor interest in a generally spike-y and under-performing stock market. The main …
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Revenue Insurance for Water Utilities?

Water services are the most expensive utilities to operate in terms of capital required per dollar of revenue, yet in the USA water is typically the lowest monthly utility bill.[1] With growing populations, aging infrastructures, and increasingly dramatic climate stresses …
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World Water Day and Corporate Social Responsibility

With the UN having declared March 22 World Water Day, we have recently seen a series of announcements of major corporate initiatives related to water stewardship. In the UK: New Action Plan for water management in the food and beverage …
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Where Water and Energy (Should) Meet

Did you know that powering one 60-watt bulb for 12 hours a day for a year requires 3,000-6,000 gallons (~11,400-22,800 liters) of water? Or that, conversely, the electricity used for water treatment can be as much as 1/3 of a …
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An Insider’s View of the US Water Industry

During the month of December we had the opportunity to discuss various trends in the US water industry with Ian MacLeod, a highly experienced executive, who is currently MasterMeter’s VP of Marketing and who has served in leadership positions in other prominent …
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