Insights

Is disaggregation the future for private water?

There is an interesting analysis of Chicago’s proposed Infrastructure Trust in this month’s American Water Intelligence. The trust – which was given the go-ahead by the Chicago City Council earlier this week – will raise money from private equity investors to invest in public infrastructure for the city. It probably won’t be used to finance water infrastructure initially, but ...

Is killing 4,000 babies a day good customer service?

This month’s American Water Intelligence carries an analysis comparing the growth rate of US GDP and capital expenditure on water and wastewater infrastructure by municipal utilites. It shows that over the past two decades, the economy as a whole has grown more quickly than public investment in water.It is not the sort of thing you want to read ...

Should we sell water efficiency or water technology?

The global food and drinks industry worldwide uses about as much water each day as the total utility water supply for the Middle East and North Africa region combined. Although it is a hugely fragmented industry with literally millions of participants spread around the world, the largest companies consume as much water as small countries. The Coca-Cola Company, for example ...

Water’s lessons from the food and beverage industry

We are about to publish our Water for Food and Beverage report. After oil & gas and mining, the food and beverage industry is probably the third-strongest industrial water market. The report talks to the people who matter in the industry, and identifies the opportunities.

There are a number of reasons why the food and beverage sector is so buoyant at ...

Why don’t desalters put more effort into differentiation?

The desalination industry has suffered a double-dip recession. After new contracted capacity fell to a low of around 4 million m³/d in 2009, it recovered to 6 million m³/d in 2010, but early indications are that the market for new desal plants fell back to less than 4.5 million m³/d in 2011. Earlier this week, I ...

“Technology as a service” providers vs. flaming buses

Is “technology as a service” going to save the water industry? From a venture capital investor’s point of view, making the model work is essential to accelerating the uptake of new technology in the industry, but from a utility’s point of view, it is difficult to consider propositions which don’t fit the existing procurement model.

I was ...