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Vol 18, Issue 9 (September 2017)

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In Global Water Intelligence this month

Need to know

  • DC Water CEO George Hawkins announced that he will stand down from running water services in the US capital in December this year. He is the closest the water industry has to a superhero, but his stated plans for the future...Read More
Sinking ship
  • Norwegian ballast water treatment specialist Oceansaver agreed to sell its assets to IMS AS on 20 September, barely a week after filing for bankruptcy. The company was the first to have an electrochlorination ballast water management system win US Coast Guard approval, but it was...Read More
Gone shopping
  • Beijing Enterprises Water Group has emerged as the winner of the auction for Australian private water operator Trility. It is difficult to assess whether the $250 million...Read More
  • The City of Cape Town has launched the first batch of tenders in a bid to fast-track the creation of 500,000m3/d of additional non-surface water supplies, chiefly through the construction of...Read More
Private pain
  • The remunicipalisation movement in Spain is continuing to hurt Suez’s interests in the country. This month Terrassa, a Catalan city of 215,000 people, confirmed that potable water services will...Read More
Private pleasure
  • The National Mission For Clean Ganga has awarded the first two privately financed wastewater treatment projects to be tendered under...Read More

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What's making the news in global water projects this month

Project tracker

Argentina’s PPP bonanza; Cape Town, Windhoek and Gaborone eye desal; Spanish farmers’ desal dreams; New Zealand PPP revival underway; India’s next steps; Cheyenne’s no-nonsense take on reuse; US public utilities cautiously entertain P3s; all the latest project news from...


GWI Water Index

Index shows post-Harvey rally

What were the reasons behind this month’s new record high for the GWI Global Water Index?

Water on the markets this month:

GWI IndexValueChangeDate
Global Water156.005.59%10 Mar
Asian Water110.397.10%10 Mar
EMEA Water84.911.26%10 Mar
Americas Water249.066.27%10 Mar

The List

The biggest international water trade shows

From Stockholm World Water Week to Watec Israel and Korea International Water Week, and on to WEFTEC and the IDA World Congress, you could spend your life at water trade shows. This month’s list looks at how they measure up.


Christopher gasson The high price of cheap water

Christopher Gasson asks how can we fix water tariffs for good.

Chart of the month

Chart of the Month: How Affordable is Water?

This month’s chart comes from our annual water tariff survey, which we are publishing for the first time this month as a separate White Paper for GWI subscribers.

Chart of the month


Water Leaders

Introducing the Leading Utilities of the World

Last month the Global Water Leaders’ Group launched a new initiative to highlight the achievements of the top performing utilities in the world. It has ambitions to change the way the water industry works.

Being the best in the world is not our job

Singapore PUB’s chief executive Peter Ng has another goal in mind: being the best for Singapore. It means pursuing impossible performance targets, pushing the boundaries of technology, and still worrying about how to win the trust of customers.




Chief Technology Officer

User Perspectives

OMV leading the field in enhanced oil recovery innovation

Austrian oil and gas leader OMV has built environmental responsibility into its corporate identity, but as its core fields mature, it is having to adapt constantly to new operational parameters. GWI discovers how it plans to tackle the future landscape of the industry.

Smart Water Watch

AR and VR: are they growing realities or flashy gimmicks?

Several water utilities are piloting augmented and virtual reality technologies for different purposes. GWI investigates if the solutions offer tangible benefits or are just inessential luxuries.

CTO Outlook

Expanding R&D to meet China’s needs

Amid a backdrop of unprecedented levels of attention towards China’s environmental problems, China Everbright Water has ramped up the scope of its technology development. GWI talks to the project developer’s technical director to find out the rewards being reaped.

See the latest technology updates on the Chief Technology Officer Homepage...


Argentina solicits interest in $9.5bn water PPP roll-out

With the fall-out from previous water concessions still fresh in the industry’s mind, getting private water companies focused on a new batch of water PPPs could prove challenging.

U.S. Water bolts on Tonka to drive supply chain efficiencies and municipal growth

The addition of the Minnesota-based full-service design and build specialist will bolster U.S. Water’s industrial flowsheet. Leveraging its specialty chemicals expertise in the municipal market will be more of a challenge.

New TCP regulation drives water treatment opportunities in California

California recently became the second state in the US to adopt an enforceable drinking water regulation for 1,2,3-Trichloropropane. A recent spate of treatment contracts could be the tip of the iceberg.

Debra coy It shouldn’t take a hurricane

The recent extreme weather in the US should spur a rethink on planning, not just a short-term investment deluge, says Debra Coy.

Asia pacific

Essel storms ahead in Indian water

Billionaire-backed project developer Essel has won a new PPP in PM Modi’s backyard. Suez and Earth Water Group veteran Vidyavathsal will be driving the water business.

Ganga PPP awards herald sewage treatment bonanza

India’s central government has awarded the first two of its long-awaited hybrid annuity wastewater PPP projects. The next challenge will be to bundle brownfield and greenfield assets together within individual tenders.

HNB courts foreigners for Haridwar

Although it is well established in India’s sewage treatment market, HNB Engineers has no experience of executing PPPs. It is now looking for foreign finance partners.

Interest builds in rare New Zealand DBFO

The first sizeable PPP to emerge in the New Zealand water sector for more than a decade is generating considerable interest from the private water community. The prospect of co-financing from a local Maori tribe provides an interesting twist.

BEWG secures Australian growth platform

The purchase of Trility will give the Chinese group access to a mature contract portfolio with a high degree of revenue predictability. Not all the contracts are making money.

Seeing dollars and sense

Willy Yeo weighs in on the darker side of China’s One Belt One Road infrastructure vision.


AMP7 concerns mount as procurement kicks off

Severn Trent’s AMP7 tender has reignited debate over the shape of client-contractor relationships in the next asset management period. Some will fare better than others.

UK water market prepares to re-assess the ABC of DPC

An industry workshop on 9th October will give UK water players the opportunity to engage with the regulator to shape its vision for how future water projects could be financed off-balance sheet. What are the key points of contention?

Data: the outperformance catalyst

The ability to use data for proactive asset management promises much in the way of efficiencies for UK water companies going forward. Is the supply chain on board?

Divining the future of Spain’s municipal water concessions market

The reversion of a further two contracts to public sector management over the summer could herald a worrying trend for Spanish private water operators. How much of it is political bluff?

Veolia refreshes its approach to French water as profitability concerns hit home

It is no secret that the net profit in Veolia’s domestic water business has eroded away to almost nothing. The new CEO of Veolia Eau France is convinced that a redefinition of the way the group interacts with its core client base is the key to restoring margins.

GKW bounces back from the blacklist

After being blacklisted by the World Bank in 2015 because it did not police its freelance associates effectively, the German engineer has made compliance a competitive advantage, and is back on the road to growth. Managing director Ralf Bufler explains his strategy.

KfW IPEX-Bank broadens its global lending horizons in water

The bank is looking to build on an impressive track record in the Middle East by diversifying its portfolio of water investments into other regions. Limited deal flow is the single biggest constraint it faces.

David lloyd owen Getting to know water firms again

New APRs offer a data-driven insight into the performance of water companies in England and Wales, says David Lloyd Owen.

Middle East and Africa

Groundbreaking finance deal bodes well for Saudi PPPs

The financial package supporting ACWA Power’s Shoaiba 3 desalination expansion sets a benchmark for the Kingdom’s massive water PPP ambitions. A new strategy and a surge in interest from Korean investors adds an intriguing twist to the deal.

Ongoing droughts push desalination up the agenda in Namibia

While Windhoek has flirted with desalination in the past, recent weather extremes have prompted a new feasibility study that will look to make it a reality. Desal will not be the only solution to water shortages, however.

Cape Town grasps the nettle as it seeks to build its way out of drought

A slew of desalination tenders show that the city is serious about implementing supply-side solutions to deal with its most serious drought in over a century. It has found itself on a steep learning curve.

Tahal celebrates despite Kardan difficulties

The Israeli engineer hosted a big party this month at the Watec exhibition to celebrate 65 years of pursuing big water projects in difficult markets. Its robust health contrasts strongly with the difficulties faced by its parent company Kardan NV.

Israeli water technology investors struggle to beat the viability gap

Water innovators have struggled to replicate the commercial success seen in other areas of technology. Backers in the private sector are starting to change their tactics.

Private utility company Utico set to expand portfolio through asset purchases

The Gulf-based company has built its success on an innovative approach to PPPs in its domestic and neighbouring markets. Newly backed with financing, it is willing to invest in more assets to expand its reach.

Tom scotney The Gulf in water pricing

A flexible labour market creates breathing space for utilities, but the GCC cannot lean on foreign nationals forever, says Tom Scotney.