Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Demand for water has remained high, as droughts and other dry weather conditions created a need for it. Nevertheless, during the recession, private companies stepped in to acquire struggling operators and expanded their stake in the industry by upgrading aging assets for a profit. In the next five years, mergers and acquisitions will remain a major component of the industry. Operators that buy struggling companies will invest in making water supply assets more efficient, which will likely lead to further rate increases and higher revenue for the industry... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
The water supply process involves several stages: first, water is pumped from a municipal well or a body of water (e.g. lake or river); second, the water is sent to a sedimentation tank, at which point it is treated with chemicals to disinfect and soften the water. During this stage, any other metals, such as copper, iron, manganese or zinc are removed. Finally, water is pumped to reservoirs or directly into a municipal's water supply system and into an individual's home or business' facility.
The type and amount of processing water receives dictates its end use. The most intensive processing is reserved for water that joins the drinking water supply, i.e. potable water... purchase to read more