Insights

Do we need disposable desal to open up the market?

We are closing off the data collection for the 25th GWI/IDA Worldwide Desalting Plant Inventory this week. It does not look pretty. The second half of 2011 and the first half of 2012 have probably been tougher than any 12-month period since 2005, which is not good news because there are so many more mouths to feed in the ...

What is in America’s drought for the water industry?

With half of all US counties now designated natural disaster areas by the US Department of Agriculture as a result of the ongoing drought, water is very much back in the news.

From a water industry perspective, however, the location of the 1,584 drought-stricken counties is all-important, because by and large, droughts in coastal regions are a much better ...

Could a business shipwreck promote water auditing?

Norges Bank Investment Management (the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund) held a seminar on managing and reporting water-related risks at Singapore International Water Week on Wednesday. The fund owns, on average, 1% of every major quoted company in the world. That gives it a lot of leverage to change the way businesses operate, and it is working with other funds to ...

There is more to water tech than making things cheap

I have been working on the forecasts for our Industrial Desalination and Water Reuse report this week. It is a mammoth process, because the report takes a rather imperialist view of what represents desalination. It includes everything from the ultrafiltration – reverse osmosis – ion exchange systems used to produce ultra-pure water to the crystallizers used to recycle oil field brines for ...

Has the development community given up on utilities?

Sanitation seems to be edging water out as the big issue for the development community. The worry for the water industry is where this leaves utilities. Increasingly, sanitation means toilets, hand-washing and decentralised systems.

The displacement of water by sanitation at the top of the development agenda was confirmed in March this year when the UN reported on progress towards ...

Closing the 3,438-mile gap between water and oil

I have been up to my ears in oil recently. Last week I spoke at CWC’s Global Water: Oil and Gas Summit in Dubai and the London Environmental Investment Forum’s Water in the Extractive Industries event. This week I have been hard at work on the oil and gas chapter of our Industrial Desalination and Water Reuse report ...