Plugging the Leaks: The Business of Water Infrastructure Repair

March 21, 2011 | State of the Market Report

After decades of neglect, and despite tight budgets and dire warnings to the contrary, drinking and wastewater pipe infrastructure in the developed world is under repair. The market for infrastructure inspection and repair is approaching $20 billion worldwide and growing at a healthy 10%, paid for mostly not by government grants, but by end users. But with spiraling water bills, municipalities are desperate for ways to better target their repairs, nursing along antique networks rather than replacing them wholesale. The best opportunities are not in tired repair techniques or outdated leak detection methods, but in a variety of new technologies that monitor networks as a whole and direct repair crews to the most critical locations. Clients looking to cash in on water infrastructure repair should avoid the hype and commoditized repairs, focusing on truly innovative technologies that transform the burden of repair into major cost savings for water utilities and their customers.

Coverage Areas

  • Owning the Energy Transition
  • Water

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    Outdated and decaying infrastructure is bursting at the seams just as government deficits reach record highs, creating a market for low cost solutions.
  • Analysis
    Water and wastewater companies need cheap, effective solutions to deal with outdated and decaying infrastructure.
  • Outlook
  • Endnotes

Lead Analyst

Brent Giles, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst

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