US military outsourcing turns a corner as the pace of procurement quickens

The award this month of two military water privatisation contracts in the US prefigures a strong pipeline of additional opportunities. As public and private sector players compete for a slice of this lucrative market, how will operators look to differentiate themselves?

The award in the past month of water utility privatisation contracts worth more than $1 billion by the US military reflects a maturing of the procurement process in this growing market segment.

American Water scooped up a $490 million 50-year contract to operate the water and wastewater systems at Wright- Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, while American States Water secured a $601 million...

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