WWEMA/Boenning Leading Demand Index Points to Tightened Water/Wastewater Project Funding Environment

Jan. 14, 2016

Leesburg, VA – The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) and Boenning & Scattergood Inc. have released the 2015 4Q WWEMA/Boenning Leading Index, formulated to provide insight into near-term market and funding conditions related to municipal water and wastewater projects. The index showed a slight decline in the fourth quarter from the previous two quarters, barely clinging to a positive outlook entering 2016. According to the report’s author, Boenning & Scattergood Managing Director Ryan Connors, this indicates the outlook for water and wastewater project spending remains positive for the next 12 months but is more tenuous than previously thought.

“If I were to point to one theme,” Connors said, “it is that although the municipal sector is less cyclical than some verticals such as oil, gas, and agriculture, it is not immune to the effects of the broader economy.”

On the positive side, a review of the market and the key factors that make up the Index indicate that water utilities are continuing to expand their payrolls and ramp up their operations and maintenance spending.

The index and its accompanying report are based on five data-driven factors: municipal bond issuance; water and wastewater utility employment figures; water infrastructure equity performance; residential building permits; and ductile iron pipe pricing. The full report includes charts relating to these factors, depicting data and trends dating back three to five years, as well as additional background and analysis. It is available exclusively to WWEMA members. For information on WWEMA and membership, visit www.wwema.org.

Since 1908, WWEMA has informed, educated, and provided leadership on the issues that shape the future of the water and wastewater industry. Its member companies supply the most sophisticated leading-edge products and technologies, offering solutions to every water-related environmental problem and need facing today’s society. For more information, visit www.wwema.org.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is seeking a visionary Executive Director. The District is an award-winning wastewater agency which has been a leader in protecting the Chicago area water environment for over a 120 years. For information and to apply, click here or contact [email protected]The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Boenning and Scattergood’s investment banking group provides comprehensive mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and capital markets advice to leading private and public middle-market companies in a diverse range of industries. Additional company information is available at www.boenninginc.com.

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