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Strategic Directions Reports

Strategic Directions Reports

The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. Drawing insights from industry leaders from around the globe, we dive into immediate and long-term market needs ranging from asset management and infrastructure financing to resilience planning and data analytics. This annual examination allows Black & Veatch to continually measure industry progress, market shifts and emerging challenges to drive infrastructure transformation. 

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2022 Water Report

A decade ago, Black & Veatch launched the first of its annual assessments of the U.S. water sector, reporting that aging infrastructure was the industry’s top challenges. That hasn’t changed, unlike so many other things in a sector that has grown increasingly complex. Data – so promising for utilities doing more with less – has gained more attention since 2012, but it’s still not used to its full potential. Climate change – unmentioned in the 2012 report but now driving more frequent wildfires, droughts and flooding that test utility resilience – joins evolving regulations and the race to safeguard assets from cyber predators as formidable issues. 

Drawing upon expert analyses of a survey of more than 300 U.S. water industry stakeholders, the 2022 Water Report dives into these issues and many more, giving an overview of what’s changed – and what has not – in an industry with enormous potential to accelerate innovation in strategy, operations and funding.

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Our Strategic Directions Reports have been conducted since 2006, working to capture the industry’s viewpoint concerning ongoing issues facing our clients and business partners. In addition to graphical interpretation of survey results, our full reports provide expert analysis, recommendations and actionable intelligence for overcoming the growing challenges facing each industry.

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