Project #4566

National Economic and Labor Impacts of the Water Utility Sector

Principle Investigator
Research Manager
Mr. Jonathan Cuppett
Utility Management
Customer Relations & Stakeholder Engagement


This project contributes to the overall discussion of the value of water by focusing on the economic impacts associated with water, wastewater, and stormwater service operations and capital investments. Funded by the Water Research Foundation and the Water Environment Research Foundation, the study estimates how the planned operating and capital investments of 30 large public water utilities contribute directly and indirectly to the economy and employment markets in their respective regions and to the nation over the next decade. The study produced two reports. The Executive Report (4566a) summarizes the findings and is available in print and PDF. The Technical Report (4566b) provides additional information on the project background, approach, and findings, and is available in PDF. Published in 2014.

Originally funded as WERF project SIWM6C14