Insights

The energy and water nexus in Houston, Texas

We held a remarkable conference on water and energy in Houston at the beginning of the month. It was a complete sell-out, bringing together all sorts of people who wouldn’t normally congregate in a room together, from drillers to desalters, and frac’ers to farmers.

In the past, I have been slightly worried that the water sector’s interest ...

Understanding the desal market’s next move

We are publishing the latest edition of the GWI/IDA Worldwide Desalting Plant Inventory next week. It is a bit of an eye-opener for the desalination industry.

On the one hand, it shows that installed desal capacity has risen by 57% over the past five years – a rate of increase the industry has not known since the early days. On ...

Bridging the gap between water and economics

I was in Washington on Tuesday for the Growing Blue meeting, which was surprisingly successful. The idea behind Growing Blue is to make the link between water and economics. It is the brainchild of Laurent Auguste, CEO of Veolia Water North America. It is now supported by a number of organisations and companies including Xylem, IBM, and the Nature Conservancy ...

At last – a new business model for private water

It is ten years since the Argentine peso devaluation wiped out the international private water market as we knew it. Only now are we seeing the beginnings of a new business model to replace it.

This thought came to me after interviewing Suez Environnement boss Jean-Louis Chaussade in London last night (you will be able to read the whole story ...

Five thoughts from World Water Week in Stockholm

  1. The event had a topical theme, but attendance was thin. With a drought in the US, a poor monsoon season in Asia, and poor harvests in Russia and Ukraine, this was definitely the moment to hold a conference with the theme “Water and Food Security”. In the opening session, Stockholm International Water Institute director Torgny Holmgren said that a quarter ...

It is time to count the real cost of public money?

Anyone looking for proof that buying water is a better deal for the public sector than buying water infrastructure should look at the story on the cost over-run of Spanish water infrastructure in this week’s briefing.

On average the winning bidders for water infrastructure projects were able to earn an additional 30% on top of the value of their ...