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Can water escape the infrastructure finance model?

Is the public infrastructure finance model irreparably broken? It is something one has to consider when one looks at the collapse of public spending on infrastructure across Europe and North America. The thought also seems to have history on its side.

Most governments think about public infrastructure as something that benefits everyone, but is either free or subsidised...

How does the water-energy nexus translate into $$$?

The water-energy nexus has been one of the key themes in the water industry over the last four years. But what has it done for us? On the face of it, no one is doing that well in the water industry at the moment. The French and the Spanish are struggling. Xylem has just lost its CEO. Siemens Water is on the block.

There is one company which is quietly doing rather...

What can we learn from Unilever about selling water?

I have been in Stockholm for the International Water Week these past few days. It is the place where NGOs, aid agencies, and academics go to trade ideas and fish for money. In the good old days, the kings of the place were the big bilateral donors, but no one in the public sector seems so generous these days. The new royalty at Stockholm are the corporate social...

When does rolling up the water sector make sense?

The reputation of Dick Heckmann, the impresario behind USFilter, sports equipment company K2 and Nuverra (the oil and gas water services business formerly known as Heckmann Corporation) has come under heavy fire recently.

First, as a result of the Siemens Water Technologies sale, there has been a lot more interest in what value was generated by the USFilter roll-up (SWT...

Can water solve America’s public pensions crisis?

For years American cities have been adding hidden liabilities to their balance sheets in the form of pension commitments. At the same time, the same cities have been adding hidden assets by understating the value of their water systems. Isn’t it time to match the two up and solve the problem?

Take the city of Philadelphia for example. It has built up a pension...

Does Orège break the rules for water start-ups?

The Orège IPO which priced today at €3.24 is one of the greatest votes of confidence in new water technologies in the past five years. The company, which made a loss of €2.4 million on revenues of €1.1 million in 2012, will start trading on the Paris NYSE Euronext exchange tomorrow with a market capitalisation of €57.7 million.

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