We were delighted to attend this year’s AWWA national conference and exposition in Dallas, TX! On Wednesday morning, Jason Mumm and Fletcher Davis of StepWise Utility Advisors gave a presentation on utility regionalization and its potential for addressing the “affordability challenge“. The presentation was given as part of a larger session entitled “Leadership Forum: Bringing It All Together – A Discussion of the Challenges & Opportunities Facing the Water Sector.” Our presentation demonstrates affordability as a growing challenge for the water industry and offers utility consolidation (or regionalization) as a potential solution to reduce water rates by achieving economies of scale. We also cautioned the attendees that consolidation is not a panacea in every case: certain factors can wreck the desired cost savings and it’s important to know where those problems lie before diving into a merger. Enjoy the presentation below and call us if you’d like to talk more about how StepWise is leading the industry in our thinking on regional partnerships.