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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 ...

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 ...