Insights

Is water technology investing strictly for insiders?

I have been putting together a list of all the water technology investment deals that have taken place over the past two years for our new Water Market USA report (published later this month). It is interesting to see how the reality of water technology investment matches up to expectations.

From where we are sitting, technology investment seems to be one of the fastest...

Things I learned at the American Water Summit

GWI held its first US conference at Dulles Airport in Washington DC last week. It turned out to be a great event. Here are three things that I learned at the show.

1) We have a rock star in the house: George Hawkins, boss of DC Water. He is a Princeton and Harvard educated lawyer who wears his DC Water staff shirt wherever he goes. As a child, he watched Ohio’s...

From the Editor

Election cycles can say a lot about where a nation’s priorities are, not only in terms of which party gains control, but also the issues around which campaigns revolve.

But while no candidate will ever call themselves anti-water, how the water will be used is enough to start the debate.

One of the most visible has been in California, in both the governor’s...

Is the infra party over? Maybe it has it just begun

Is the tide going out on infrastructure investments? News of job losses, divestments and restructuring at Macquarie – the world’s largest infra fund manager – suggests that interest in the model is on the wane. Last week, we reported that one of the Australian bank’s funds is selling part of its interest in Aquarion, the regulated US utility. Is...

How many water clusters does the world need?

I have been in the Netherlands this week to speak at the Wetsus event in Leeuwarden. The subject was know-how clusters in the water sector. It seems that everyone wants a cluster these days.

The idea grew out of the American economist Michael Porter’s book, The Competitive Advantage of Nations. He goes back through history looking at why different industries (like...

Protecting Saudi Arabia’s petrochemical birthright

I have been in Jeddah this week for the Saudi Water and Power Forum. The big news for me was the evolution of the water minister’s position on paying for water. Previously, he has always preferred the idea of promoting water saving rather than tariff rises, but at the SWPF this year he was quite explicit about the need to increase water tariffs for the first time....