Onvia’s market research team recently identified the top 10 Hotspots in Government Contracting for 2017. We analyzed more than 4,000 unique industry tags in our B2G Intelligence System (B2GIS) to determine the top areas of growth in public sector spending.

Our study found that bids and RFPs related to updating public water and wastewater systems have been experiencing rapid rates of growth and adoption among government agencies. The number of bids and RFPs from state, local and education (SLED) government agencies geared towards providing clean water grew by 12% from 2015 to 2016, making this our 9th-ranked hotspot.

Smart Water Management, Water Treatment are Government Focus Areas

Replacing leaky pipes and ensuring quality drinking water have been one of the issues at the forefront of the conversation about America’s infrastructure. The recent crisis in Flint, Michigan, as well as others around the country, have led to an uptick in water system improvement contracts from state and local governments.

Providing Clean Water Bids & RFPs

Providing clean water can have just as much to do with water testing and providing proper equipment as it does with maintaining water pipes. Water treatment is a key element of overall water infrastructure, and it’s easier to test the water and provide proper treatment than it is to spend billions of dollars on tearing up existing systems and building new water pipe infrastructure.

Some utilities districts have struggled to provide clean and safe water due to the lack of adequate federal funding. Bluefield Research found that federal water utility funding fell from $16 billion in 1976 to just $4 billion in 2014.

Going forward… real-time data & analytics, or smart water, and advanced treatment solutions are expected to show significant growth.

Bluefield Research

To optimize efficiency and effectiveness, some agencies are adopting smart water management tools. For example, smart water meters collect information about how the water network is operating, capture data about the water being distributed and monitor for potential problems. These newer tools leverage modern analytics to predict, manage and optimize the performance of a government agency’s water infrastructure.

Examples of Clean Water Bids and RFPs

While government contracts for water and wastewater systems can be found nationwide, there are patterns of opportunity that stand out. California, Florida and Texas – all states with large populations that are geographically south – offered the most bids and RFPs. Most of the other top 10 states were found in the Northeast or Great Lakes regions.

Top 10 States for Providing Clean Water Bids & RFPs

Below are several recent examples of clean water services bids and RFPs, taken from Onvia’s B2GIS.

  • Mobile Water Treatment Systems – City of Portland, OR

This water treatment bid is for providing emergency mobile water treatment systems (water filtering trailers).

  • Purchase of Water Quality Field Meters – Seminole County, FL

Seminole County is looking for a multi-parameter system for surface water quality field measurements for data collection and remote monitoring.

  • Metering Program Management – City of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, NC

This agency is seeking “highly-qualified and experienced consultants” for advanced metering infrastructure program management services.

  • Water Testing, Analytical Review and Reporting – Washoe County, NV

The Washoe County Commission is receiving bids for performing analytical laboratory services for the water quality monitoring program.

State and Local Government Contracting Opportunity in Diverse Range of Industries

Water system improvements are just one area of growing government business opportunity. After analyzing data from our B2GIS we revealed 9 other hotspot areas that are primed to see continued growth in bids and RFPs this year.

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