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The must-have product with a broken financial model

I have been up to my ears in our new Global Water Market forecast this past month. It is a mammoth project – we have had 25 people working on it for most of the past six months.

The first impression one gets from the report is the impossible diversity of the international water sector. The water sector in Thailand is almost unrecognisable when compared to the...

Another bad idea which we need to act on

I discovered this week that there is a far more urgent aspect of the UN High Commission For Human Rights’ consultation period on the human right to water than whether or not private companies should be excluded from water supply (see my analysis from 11 March). More worrying is the possibility that the UNHCHR will create an obligation on utilities to supply a...

Is private water a human rights violation?

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is currently working on a proposal to introduce a human right to water, which may be worded so as to restrict private sector participation in the industry. An independent investigator, Catarina de Albuquerque, has been appointed to look into the role of the private sector in the human right to water. The deadline for...

Where are the trends in procurement driving us?

“We are driven by the way the water market is organized and procured.” So says design-build consultant Ken Hume in an interview for our forthcoming report on the US water market. It is a pertinent observation with a broad relevance for everyone working in the US water market, as well as those eyeing it for future expansion.

The US procurement system is...

Unlocking the hidden value in public water utilities

There was an interesting court ruling in Germany last month. The town of Wetzlar in Hessen was found guilty of overcharging for water by a margin of 30% and ordered to cut the amount it charged residents for their water service. It is an unusual event, because in Germany water services are generally provided by municipalities and it is usually accepted that the...

The key to Japan’s global ambitions lies within

The Japanese government is putting serious effort behind promoting its water industry to the international market. I know because I have spent this week in Tokyo at a conference organized by Japan’s export development institute, NEDO. The event was packed out with nearly 1,000 attendees who wanted to be part of this new push into international markets.

It is a big...