Is the tide of interest finally rising for water investment?
Many suggest water investment isn’t happening. GlobalWaterWorks believes the tide of interest is rising, and we’re just a few years away from a tsunami of water investment. Here’s why.
- The world’s water woes are escalating due to continued drought and you can’t go a week without seeing an article like the Economist’s 11/5 “Liquidity Crisis.”
- Efficient technologies are allowing water managers to save energy and water, increasing resilience and mitigating risk.
- Big data and analytics enable us to measure and manage water use. As a result, investors can now focus in near real-time on the largest opportunities for savings and profit (smart metering, leak detection, efficient plumbing, reuse, etc).
As an example, the Milken Innovation Center’s “Making the Business Case for Water Projects“ (p. 44) details the potential for 38% water savings and double digit returns.
More than 85 industry and municipal water leaders signed up to participate in the GlobalWaterWorks webinar on the Milken business case. Because of the thorough detail offered by author Shira Eting and reviewer Thomas Chesnutt, three participating municipalities said they will use the case as a model for their water projects.
GlobalWaterWorks’ goal is to showcase where water works, so those in need of solutions can find them. We invite you to share your examples. We also hope you will join the conversation in our GlobalWaterWorks LinkedIn Group,, where you will find 300 of the world’s water industry thought leaders, spanning Singapore to Israel, the Netherlands to Brazil. Water is a complex system, and requires collaboration and systems thinking to resolve. For that reason, we hope you will also mark your calendar and plan to join us at these upcoming events:
Live/Streaming Event. “Applying System Thinking to Complex Water and Policy Problems” is the focus of a Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, Cornell Systems Thinking Symposium. Members of this group are invited to participate live or virtually for FREE, so we all can learn about the tools to resolve wicked water problems. http://www.cornellsysthink.com.
Conference. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Israel NewTech are hosting BusinessH2O in Las Vegas, NV, on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 building on what was started at the Israel California Water Conference last July. http://www.businessh2osummit.com.
Workshop. “Smart Water: Tapping Technologies for Water Utilities” will bring together water utility and technology leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the integration of smart city technologies across the North American water sector. It will take place January 25, 2017 in San Diego at Qualcomm’s headquarters. https://www.swan-forum.com/swan-na-alliance/.
- GlobalWaterWorks’ YouTube Channel showcases experts and organizations that can help commercial organizations achieve 20-80% water and energy savings, and justify water investment today.
- The Alliance for Water Efficiency and WaterSmart Innovations showcased the water savings achieved with smart practices and efficient technologies at their annual conference in Las Vegas Oct. 4-7, 2017. Presentations are now available for public view and FREE download: https://www.watersmartinnovations.com/sessions.php
- The Water Council’s FREE Global Water Port incorporates SplashLink.com water project updates to help the water industry connect on opportunities: http://www.globalwaterport.com
- Funding opportunities from ImagineH2O, AccelerateH2O, Singapore’s PUB, and much more are detailed in the GlobalWaterWorks LinkedIn Group.
We think you will agree: The innovation and opportunities exist. It’s time to invest!