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AWWA water industry 2017 report

State of the Water Industry Report 2017

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has formally tracked issues and trends in the water industry since 2004 through its State of the Water Industry (SOTWI) study. The Association continues to conduct this annual survey in order to:

  • Identify and track significant challenges facing the water industry
  • Provide data and analysis to support water professionals as they develop, implement, and communicate strategies to address current and future issues
  • Inform decision makers and the public of the challenges faced by the water industry
“Water professionals are feeling overwhelmed,” said AWWA president-elect, Brenda Lennox. “A perfect storm of issues is coming together. Crumbling infrastructure is overwhelming enough, but we’re also experiencing huge workforce turnovers and feeling the backlash of that.”

Top Issues

The top five most important issues facing the water industry were identified as follows:

  1. Renewal and replacement (R&R) of aging water and wastewater infrastructure (#1 in 2016)
  2. Financing for capital improvements (#2 in 2016)
  3. Long-term water supply availability (#4 in 2016)
  4. Public understanding of the value of water systems and services (#3 in 2016)
  5. Public understanding of the value of water resources (#5 in 2016)