Insights

Is the water pollution pendulum about to swing back?

Wastewater treatment policy is a continuous battle between two things nobody likes: water pollution, and paying to clean it up. I was reminded of this fact by a couple of stories in the July issue of GWI. The first was an analysis of US discharge permit violations data from the Environmental Protection Agency. It showed that 65% of all major utility wastewater treatment...

How will water’s garage sale change the industry?

This month’s GWI magazine has a great story by our editor Ian Elkins on the flood of water businesses currently on the market. He names seven companies with revenues in excess of $100 million that are potentially on the block, as well as a couple of smaller opportunities, but my belief is that there is a lot more on the market.

It reflects a number of trends,...

What is coming this way from China?

I was in Shanghai last week for the two workshops we arranged to run alongside the Aquatech China 2016 trade show. One was focused on the opportunities in industrial wastewater treatment arising from the Water Ten Rules; the other focused on how Chinese water companies could follow the One Belt, One Road policy of developing new markets along the old Silk Road. It is...

China versus nativism in the battle for global water

In two weeks’ time I will be rushing home from a meeting of the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform in Brussels to vote in the referendum on Britain’s exit from the European Union.

There are no prizes for guessing which way I would be voting. You can’t run a magazine with the name “Global” in the title and support nativism in...

Are there any desalters smart enough to save Gaza?

I was in Ramallah last week at a workshop to discuss the tender process for the proposed desalination plant for Gaza. It was one of the most alarming and engaging discussions I have taken part in since starting at Global Water Intelligence.

The event was organised by the Middle East Desalination Research Centre, which was set up as part of the Oslo Accords in the 1990s...

Families of fish topple Saudi Arabia’s water greats

It is difficult not to feel a sense of outrage about the departures of Saudi Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussayen and the head of the National Water Company Loay Al-Musallam. They have both been fired to assuage public anger about the new water tariff regime introduced in January this year.

In my view, this tariff reform is the acid test of whether...