Insights

Do you want desalination or water security?

Our two big annual research projects are nearing completion: both our water tariff survey and our inventory of desalination plants will be published within the next month. The two issues that they address – the price of water and the response to scarcity – have gradually been coming together over the years. This year, they smashed into each other in Cape...

Where is water in this Crazytown White House?

This week’s revelations have pushed the ratings of the reality TV series that is Washington politics to new highs, but they haven’t made it any easier for pundits like myself trying to map out the future for the US water business. Here are my thoughts:

1) The economy is carrying everything: The legitimacy of the current administration rests almost entirely...

Where would millennials take the water industry?

“So, what are we aiming for?” Howard Neukrug, who chairs the Leading Utilities of the World group asked me a couple of months back. The group celebrates the best of the world’s utilities, and it now consists of 32 utilities, from the Water Corporation of Western Australia to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power via K-Water in Korea, Singapore...

20 urgent questions for the US water sector

The early bird booking deadline for the American Water Summit is tomorrow. With that in mind, I have drawn up my list of questions that I would like to see answered at the Summit. We are lining up experts to answer each of them during the round tables session on the first morning of the conference. If I have missed anything, do send in your suggestions to me at ...

Five billboards outside a bull market

We bought five billboards in Midland, Texas, last month. We have not used them to publicise the police response to a gruesome murder. Rather they are there to promote our Produced Water Society Permian Basin event next week. I never thought that billboards along the highway would be an effective way of reaching the kind of niche audiences that come to our conferences,...

Has EQT bought a vision or a zero-sum game?

So EQT beat three other private equity investors to buy Saur, France’s number three private water company. It could be good or very very bad for the private water operators’ market.

Investors in Suez and Veolia should take note. There is a narrative (told to me by the boss of one of the big French water companies) which says Saur ruined the party that was...