Alternative approaches to US water utility consolidation hold promise

The consolidation of small water systems in the US could address funding constraints and operational deficiencies, while creating new opportunities for the private sector. Appetite may be increasing, but tangible examples remain elusive.

Interest in the consolidation of the highly fragmented municipal water sector in the US is beginning to pick up, as proponents recognise the need for new approaches to fund infrastructure improvements and improve operational efficiency at many of the nation’s 47,000 small water utilities.

“We’ve got many of the same tools we’ve always had to address these problems, but...

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