Here's our October Water / Wastewater Market Monthly Roundup featuring top news, drivers and important upcoming meetings and conferences related to the water and wastewater industry. We hope you'll enjoy the blog :)
Driver: New Jersey, New Lead Testing Regulations for Drinking Water in Schools Announced by Gov. Phil Murphy
Oct. 09, Gov. Phil Murphy announced several initiatives and more frequent tests and repairs to the state's water supply to keep kids safe. A $100 million bond funding will be reserved for lead testing and the remediation of elevated lead levels in drinking water in New Jersey schools.
For additional information see: https://tinyurl.com/DrinkingWaterLeadTestingRules
Driver: New EPA Lead & Copper Standards Would Slow Down Replacement Of Pipes
Oct. 10, the EPA proposed new regulations designed to provide more effective protection of public health by reducing exposure to lead and copper in drinking water. The draft plan addresses the implementation of the existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in the following areas: lead tap sampling, corrosion control treatment; lead service line replacement; consumer awareness; and public education. Notably, the proposal would require water systems to replace the water system-owned portion of an LSL when a customer chooses to replace their customer-owned portion of the line. It would also require water systems to initiate full lead service line replacement programs where existing action levels are exceeded. Differences between the current and existing LCR are detailed, starting on page 21 of the pre-publication of the proposal.
For additional information see: tinyurl.com/EPALead-CopperStandards
Driver: Michigan to Proceed with Expansive Rules to Limit PFAS in Water
Oct. 11, on the direction of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the State Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy announced that its formal rule-making for certain PFAS compounds is in progress. The draft regulations include maximum contaminant levels for seven types of PFAS. These regulations are based on recommendations made by a science advisory workgroup in June.
For additional information see: tinyurl.com/MichiganPFASRules
Notable M&A Sept. & Oct. 2019
As per FirmoGraphs’ records, the following M&A transactions in the Water & Wastewater Industry, stand out in the months of September:
- September 17, Bryn Mawr, PA - Aqua America’s Pennsylvania subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania wastewater, signed an asset purchase agreement with the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA) for the acquisition of the municipal authority’s wastewater assets for $276.5 million. The transaction will be carried out once the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approves it.
- September 17, Monroe, Ohio - Valicor Environmental Services, one of North America’s largest providers of non-hazardous wastewater treatment services, acquired Strength Environmental, thus expanding its leading network of wastewater processing facilities through the acquisition of Strength Environmental.
- Oct. 9, Mechanicsburg, PA - Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, acquired the water assets of the Steelton Borough Authority in Dauphin County.
- October 9, San Jose, California & Clinton, Connecticut - SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service, Inc. completed combination, creating leading pure-play water and wastewater water utility based on rate base in the United States. It serves nearly 1.5 million people across California, Connecticut, Maine, and Texas.
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Meetings in Oct. & Nov. 2019
- AWWA Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition, Oct. 20 to 23, 2019, St. Louis, Missouri
- CA-NV AWWA Annual Fall Conference, Oct. 21 to 24, 2019, San Diego, California
- AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition, Oct. 22 to 23, 2019, Boston, Massachusetts
- ASDWA Annual Conference, Oct. 28 to 31, 2019, Tampa, Florida
- Annual Water Resources Conference, Nov. 3 to 6, 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah
- NC AWWA-WEA Annual Conference, Nov. 3 to 6, 2019, Raleigh, North Carolina
- AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference, Nov. 3 to 7, Dallas, Texas
- APWA, NWEA & AWWA Fall Conference, Nov. 6 to 8, 2019, Kearney, Nebraska
- American Water Summit, Nov. 12 to 14, 2019, Houston, Texas
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