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What is the German for transparency?

The European Commission performed a curious U-turn last Friday on its proposed directive on concessions. The idea of the directive is to create a common framework for outsourced public services. Originally it was meant to cover all sectors including water, which represents nearly half of all concession-type contracts in Europe. On 21 June, the commissioner responsible,...

New applications underscore desal’s long term growth

The desalination market has been a tough place these last few years. 2012 was the most difficult year for the market since 2004. It will take until 2015 for new desal plant orders to reach the levels they were at in 2007. But despite these difficulties, a lot is changing beneath the surface.

During the boom years the main focus of technology development in desalination...

Can water continue to outperform? Ask Veolia

Sometimes the stock market rises because investors anticipate growth. Sometimes it rises simply because the money has nowhere else to go. The latter explanation seems to fit the mood of the market today. What does it mean for water?

There are two main reasons why money has been running out of options of late. The first is because the anticipation of inflation makes...

Tex-Nex on the menu as growth drives water and power demand

The water-energy nexus is coming to Texas. 30 months of drought have collided with an oil-driven economic boom, and money will need to be spent on water as a result.

It started with the shale: first gas, then oil. The economy – and the population – started to grow faster. As North American energy independence drew closer, Texans started to talk about...

Is misusing and mismanaging water a human right?

Suddenly the human right to water is back in the news, thanks to a European Citizens’ Initiative to establish the right in European law. To many readers, it probably seems a bit irrelevant. The UN accepted the right to water nearly three years ago and it didn’t change much on the ground, so why should anyone care when the EU does the same thing?

The answer...

Ten things I learned in Seville

1) The water business is getting more global
Delegate numbers at the event were 22% above last year’s Global Water Summit. That says to me that the market is becoming global at a faster rate than it is actually growing.

2) Latin America is the new Middle East
At each of our six previous conferences, the region of the world which has attracted the most delegate...