About GWI

What we do

At Global Water Intelligence we aim to do two things for our readers:
It has made us the unchallenged leader in high-value business information for the water industry. It is a position we have achieved by following a few simple rules:
  1. We talk to people: the internet has made a certain kind of information omnipresent: press releases and PR announcements are multiplied many thousands of times over, but what about events and opportunities that those involved would rather you didn't know about? What about the thoughts and responses of the people who are really in the know? That kind of information is exclusive, rare and valuable. It comes from a huge list of contacts, a big telephone bill, and an easy conversational manner.
  2. We don’t give up: we spend most of our time at GWI not getting through to people. It is a busy world, and senior people are always on the move. Sometimes it might take 50 phone calls to reach the person with the details of a new project. We don’t give up. We make those 50 phone calls because if we don’t, we know that you will have to.
  3. We believe in something: a magazine without values is a very dry thing. At GWI, we're passionate about the value of water. If we can establish the economic worth of water, then everything else will follow. We'll see investment in extending water services to the poor, and greater efforts to conserve water in those areas facing the crisis of scarcity.
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We publish:

For the full list, see our publications guide.


We run two conferences each year, the Global Water Summit, and the American Water Summit. The annual Global Water Awards are presented at the Global Water Summit. For details on the latest water conferences, see GWI conferences.

Company history

Global Water Intelligence was launched in June 2000 by the CWC Group, with Peter Allison as editor. Initially it focused on the private water market, but Christopher Gasson’s Media Analytics Ltd. acquired it in September 2002, with just the editor transferring to the new owner. In 2003 GWI launched Desalination Tracker, which, together with our 2004 Desalination Markets report, transformed the fortunes of the company.
In 2005 Media Analytics acquired two related publications: the IDA Worldwide Desalting Plant Inventory, and Water Desalination Report. WDR was founded in 1965 by Dick Smith, and had a very established but irreverent position as the chronicle of the desalination industry. Dick Smith, who had edited the magazine single-handedly from a wheelchair following a car accident which left him partially paralysed, retired after the acquisition. Tom Pankratz took over the title.
The Inventory was also founded in 1965. It had been published in recent years by German desalination consultant Klaus Wangnick. Under Media Analytics’ ownership, the Inventory was recast as the IDA Desalination Yearbook and DesalData.com
Today, the company employs around 40 people at its Oxford headquarters, and a further half dozen or so at various locations around the world.