It’s hard to believe but it’s already time for us to look ahead to 2018. This past year was an interesting year for water: we saw an uptick in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), more fallout from Flint, a focus on smarter water technologies, lack of government investment in water, and an increasing number of weather events impacting on water infrastructure.
Heading into the new year, a multitude of questions about the outlook for the water sector remain. On the one hand, the water industry has been around forever; on the other, we are on the cusp of change, turning toward smarter, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to address age-old infrastructure issues.
Indeed 2018 could prove to be a very exciting year for the water industry. Looking ahead, here are eight key trends to consider:
- Resiliency, as a strategy, moves to the forefront
- Water to play a leading role in the transformation of commodity exploration
- Water reuse provides a key opportunity for a long-term supply option
- Where’s the money for municipal utilities? Lack of infrastructure investment from government opens door for private sector
- It’s not your mother’s pipe industry
- Water for agriculture to become more advanced
- Asset management is a crucial aspect of the ‘Utility of the Future’
- More M&A in 2018, as new players look to water for opportunity
To read the full article, click here: Eight Water Trends to Watch in 2018
Article originally published in WaterWorld Magazine, Volume 33, Issue 12
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